The term 'mental health' refers to how a person thinks, feels, and acts when faced with life's situations. It is how people look at themselves, their lives, and the other people in their lives; evaluate the challenges and the problems; and explore choices. This includes handling stress, relating to other people, and making decisions.
Safeguarding our mental health is just as important as our physical health
Within the department, workplaces are encouraged to establish a Wellbeing Committee or to include staff wellbeing as a standing agenda item on the Workplace Health and Safety Committee's agenda. Individual workplaces are encouraged to develop staff wellbeing programs that meet the needs of staff and focus on improving wellbeing. More information on developing a staff wellbeing program at your workplace is available on the department’s OnePortal site for staff wellbeing.
Mental health workshops
Your regional Human Resources Unit may be able to assist you to locate suitable presenters to provide a positive mental health workshop or presentation.
The department's external Employee Assistance Program (EAP) provider LifeWorks by Morneau Shepell offers a range of workshops and presentations, on a fee for service basis.
Mental Health First Aid Workshops and Presentations
Mental health first aid (MHFA) is the help provided to a person who is developing a mental health problem, or who is in a mental health crisis, until appropriate professional treatment is received or the crisis resolves.
This course is suitable for principals, managers and supervisors of staff and also useful training for workplace Rehabilitation and Return to Work Coordinators.
The two day MHFA course is now also available as a combination of online and face to face delivery. It covers the signs and symptoms of mental health problems, strategies for providing initial assistance and skills to deal with mental health crisis situations.
For workplaces wanting to arrange a fee for service MHFA course for staff, please visit the Mental Health First Aid website for more information.
For more staff resources or online courses supporting mental health and wellbeing, visit the Staff Wellbeing page on OnePortal (login required).
Useful resources and links
Mental Health Association of Australia