Mental Health in the Workplace Workshop (For Leaders)

Workplace Delivery

The Workplace Mental Health Awareness Workshop is aimed at all employees to help them identify signs and symptoms not only in themselves, but also in their colleagues in the workplace.

Rachel Oliver

This course is facilitated by Rachel Oliver, a recognised Mental Health ‘Lived Experience Educator’ (Qualified by the Curtin University Valuing Lived Experience Program), of which there are only a handful in Australia.

Cost of Mental Health in the Workplace:

  • It’s estimated that 45% of Australians will experience a mental health condition in their lifetime (the most common being anxiety and depression) and tend to affect people during their prime working years (16 to 64 years). Australian Bureau of Statistics. (2008). National Survey of Mental Health and Wellbeing: Summary of Results, 2007, Table 1. Cat. no. (4326.0). Canberra: ABS.
  • Around 90 per cent of employees think mental health is an important issue for businesses, but only 50% believe their workplace is mentally healthy. TNS (2014). State of Workplace Mental Health in Australia. Melbourne: beyondblue.
  • Organisations with a positive approach to mental health and safety have increased productivity, improved worker engagement and are better able to recruit and retain talented people. Instinct and Reason (2014) Heads up Intiative:Employer of Choice Study. Melbourne: beyondblue

Effective Management and Support

The Mental Health in the Workplace Workshop aims to help leaders and managers identify and manage mental health problems in the workplace in a way that supports the individual and the organisational needs. It provides practical information and advice on building a safer and happier workplace for everyone concerned.

Research by Pricewaterhouse Coopers has shown that for every $1 spent on creating a Mentally Healthy workplace can, on average, result in a positive return on investment (ROI) of 2.3. –  Pricewaterhouse Coopers (PWC) (2014) Creating a mentally healthy workplace: Return on investment analysis.


Mental Health in the Workplace Workshop (for Leaders)

Why train your leaders / managers?

Mental Health is a serious workplace health and safety issue that does not only affect staff, but also undermines the productivity and success of the organisation. Employers are at an increased risk of costly legal action if they fail to address mental health issues in the workplace properly.

Your leaders / managers need to be prepared to deal with mental health issues in their workplace. It’s important to provide support from the top down, to embed a mentally healthy organisational culture.


Benefits of effective management of mental health in your organisation:

  • Increases productivity
  • Improves organisational culture / builds morale
  • Minimises absenteeism and presenteeism
  • Retains staff and expertise
  • Reduces turnover costs / possible legal fees
  • Improves your organisation’s reputation


Mental Health in the Workplace Workshop (for Leaders) covers:

  • What is ‘mental health’?
  • Impact of a mentally unhealthy workplace
  • Legal and ethical obligations of an organisation (and its management)
  • Employer and employee responsibilities
  • Recognising the signs and symptoms of mental health in the workplace
  • How an organisation can reduce the risk of mental health problems in the workplace
  • Prevention Plan – What you should do?
  • Action Plan – Where to from here?


Workshop Details

  • Delivered in the workplace
  • Approximately 4 hours duration
  • Up to 12 participants per session
  • Interactive, small and large group activities


Take-away tools and resources

We provide a comprehensive range of take-away tools and resources that can be used for developing and promoting a positive culture of mental health and wellbeing in the workplace.

Duration & Cost

Contact us to find out how we can customise our program to suit your workplace.

How to Enrol

Ready to explore how we can get your team involved?
Contact Future Institute and a training consultant will assist you.

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Course Benefits

Online Access

Students will have the flexibility to complete theory online

Workplace Trainers

Specialised trainers will complete practical training in the workplace


Comprehensive support from trainers via phone and email

Applied Learning

Application of learning through workplace projects

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