OVERVIEW

As Australia’s largest employment sector, small to medium enterprises are an important setting for a focus on mental health and wellbeing. As a result, managers and leaders within this sector are uniquely placed to play an important role in supporting the growth of a mentally healthy and resilient workforce. We know that more than 4 million people experience mental ill-health each year and almost half the population has experienced a mental illness at some time in their life.

With untreated mental health conditions costing the Australian economy more than $12 billion per year, it has never been more important to learn how to communicate, discuss, support, and improve mental health and wellbeing in the workplace.

This expert-led virtual workshop bundle will support managers and leaders to increase their understanding of the key concepts of mental health, while also learning supportive strategies and best practice in recognising, addressing, and supporting those experiencing mental ill-health in the workplace.

As a leader, it can be tempting to focus time and attention to day to day operations of a small to medium enterprise, but one of the most important resources within that operation is actually you and your staff. The healthier and more resilient you and your team are, the healthier a business has the chance to be.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND

This seminar addresses the "Exponent", which we define as:

  • For those entering the Defence market and wanting to know more about it.

This seminar is relevant to all SMEs interested in supporting Defence. Many SMEs employ Defence Veterans and work on high profile Defence projects in stressful environments. This can be a very unique experience with significantly increased mental health risks to be managed.

INFORMATION

Mode

Virtual

SEMINAR STRUCTURE
  • Virtual Workshops x 4
  • Podcasts x 1
Duration

4 Weeks

THIS SEMINAR BUNDLE WILL ADDRESS

This virtual workshop bundle will cover:

  • An introduction to the concepts of mental health and wellbeing related to a Defence environment
  • Identifying mental ill-health in the SME and Defence influenced workplace
  • Employing safe language when communicating around mental ill-health and suicide
  • Effective communication with sufferers of mental ill-health including understanding veteran sensitivities
  • Workplace strategies to enhance mental health and how this might be adopted in a Defence context

Note: All of the Health workshop discussions will be supported by Defence environment-specific examples and situations relevant to SMEs entering the Defence workplace or supply chain as well as Veteran workforce considerations.

EXPECTED OUTCOMES

Using the Defence environment as a working backdrop, the virtual workshop series participants will be able to:

  • Identify and discuss the differences between mental health and wellbeing, mental ill-health, and mental disorders
  • Identify the main signs and symptoms of mental ill-health
  • Identify the different impacts of mental ill-health on individuals
  • Identify protective and preventative factors for mental health
  • Identify the main factors of a neuro-biological framework for mental health and wellbeing
  • Develop an in-depth understanding of the issues behind problematic language and the potential impact it may have on perpetuating stigma and inhibiting help-seeking behaviour
  • Identify and employ safe language when communicating about mental ill-health or suicide
  • Identify language that can be stigmatising when referring to mental illness
  • Identify areas of stigma relating to mental illness, specifically how stigma impacts on people with mental ill-health
  • Identify effective strategies for communicating with a person who may be experiencing mental ill-health
  • Confidently incorporate appropriate help-seeking information and support pathways in relevant communications
  • Identify why implementing self-care strategies is important
  • Develop coping strategies to implement self-care and positive mental health
  • Identify some coping skills that people with mental ill-health may find helpful
  • Identify workplace strategies to enhance mental health.

SEMINAR MODULES OUTLINE

TIMING
On Demand

LEARNING MODULE

  • Introduction to seminar and  facilitator 
  • Description of seminar bundle incl learning outcomes

FORMAT
Podcast

EST. TIME TO COMPLETE
30mins

TIMING
Week 1

LEARNING MODULE

  • Introduce participants to the concepts of mental health and wellbeing
  • Provide a neuro-biological framework for understanding mental ill-health in the workplace
  • Identify and discuss the differences between mental health and wellbeing, mental ill-health, and mental disorders
  • Identify the main signs and symptoms of mental ill-health
  • Identify the different impacts of mental ill-health on individuals
  • Identify protective and preventative factors for mental health
  • Identify the main factors of a neuro-biological framework for mental health and wellbeing

FORMAT
Virtual Workshop

EST. TIME TO COMPLETE
30min bump in, 30mins, plus 30 chat  room participation

TIMING
Week 2

LEARNING MODULE

  • Focus on safe and sensitive communication about mental ill-health and suicide
  • Develop an in-depth understanding of the issues being problematic language and the potential impact it may have on perpetuating stigma and inhibiting help-seeking behaviour
  • Identify and employ safe language when communicating about mental ill-health or suicide
  • Identify language that can be stigmatising when referring to mental illness
  • Identify areas of stigma relating to mental illness, specifically how stigma impacts on people with mental ill-health
  • How to communicate about mental ill-health and suicide

FORMAT
Virtual Workshop 2

EST. TIME TO COMPLETE
30min bump in, 30mins, plus 30 chat  room participation

TIMING
Week 3

LEARNING MODULE

  • Continues the focus on effective communication with people experiencing mental ill-health or suicidal behaviour
  • Identify effectives trategies for communicating with a person who may be experiencing mental ill-health
  • Confidently incorporate appropriate help-seeking information and support pathways in relevant communications

FORMAT
Virtual Workshop 3

EST. TIME TO COMPLETE
30min bump in, 30mins, plus 30 chat  room participation

TIMING
Week 4

LEARNING MODULE

  • Focus on self-care and maintaining mental health and wellbeing
  • Identify why implementing self-care strategies is important
  • Develop coping strategies to implement self-care and positive mental health
  • Identify some coping skills that people with mental ill-health may find helpful
  • Identify workplace strategies to enhance mental health

FORMAT
Virtual Workshop 4

EST. TIME TO COMPLETE
30min bump in, 30mins, plus 30 chat  room participation

TOTAL COURSE DURATION

5 Hours

FACILITATORS

Dr Fitzpatrick oversees a range of projects including Ahead for Business, a digital hub supporting the mental health and wellbeing of small business owners and those that support them. Dr Fitzpatrick is a clinical psychologist and researcher who is passionate about understanding the factors that contribute to the mental health and wellbeing of all Australians. She is particularly passionate about translating this knowledge into evidence-based programs that enhance the mental health and wellbeing of our communities. She holds a Master of Clinical Psychology and a PhD, is a conjoint Senior Lecturer at The University of Newcastle and holds an Honorary Postdoctoral Fellowship with Macquarie University.

COURSE SCHEDULE

EOI Cut-Off: 01 February 2022

Successful Applicants Notified: 09 February 2022

Course Joining Instructions Issued: 09 February 2022

Course Timing: 23 February – 16 March 2022 – weekly 1-hour workshops on a Wednesday. Time TBC.

The Defence Ready Seminar Series is being delivered thanks to funding and collaboration with the Centre for Defence Industry Capability (CDIC) and, for each seminar, forty (40) funded places are being made available to SMEs.

The Defence Department has set very clear guidance around the criteria for access to one of the forty funded places within each of the thirteen courses, and priority will be given to Hunter and regional-NSW based SMEs, building capability to potentially partner on Defence projects in the future.

With the full seminar series rolling out over the next twelve-months, Hunter Defence will be scheduling ongoing communications as each course gets close to commencing. If your organisation has been successful in achieving a funded place in one of these courses, Hunter Defence will let you know three (3) weeks before your selected seminars(s) of interest are due to start.

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