The final stage of our blueprint covers resources. Within this Mental Health Movement provide a range of resources that can be utilised to support the learning to date and continue to embed mental health support throughout the workplace.
The content, programs and initiatives within stage four have been developed through thorough research, are evidence based and clinically backed. These resources include our Mental Health Matters Awareness Campaign, our Mental Health Matters resource book, our Workplace Champions Peer Support Program and our onsite clinical support.
These resources will assist you to continue to develop and maintain a mentally healthy, supportive workplace. All resources re-enforce the messaging and lessons learnt throughout our previous blueprint stages and continue raising awareness, educating and supporting the workplace long after we have left.
Mental Health Movement aim to develop a self-sufficient, mentally healthy, supportive workplace and these resources are an integral component of our methodology.
STAGE Four: Resources
At the Mental Health Movement, we understand it is often difficult for individuals to navigate the vast amount of information that is out there to support them and their mental health. The MHM Wellness Wall has been designed to give workers access to all the resources they need from coping strategies to handling a crisis situation – all in a single location.
The MHM Wellness Wall provides workers consistent support in their workplace by giving them a range of support through a variety of best practice, research backed resources that can be accessed at work, any time. At MHM we have over 25 different resources that will provide further awareness and education to assist your workplace in improving mental health literacy, mental health resilience, help seeking behaviours and assist workers when supporting others.
• A visual, tangible tool, individuals can use daily to create self-awareness and check in on their mental health and others.
• The Mental Health Continuum flag allows individuals to check in then provide immediate resources to action specific to where they are at, or what support to provide to a fellow worker, family member or loved one.
• MHM has built trust within the workforce which will improve individual’s willingness to access available resources.
• Reduces barriers to accessing help-seeking information by having it available at all times.
• Builds on the learning outcomes from the MHM education and training workshops ultimately increasing health literacy and mental health resilience.
Employees will be selected to undertake accredited mental health training. This training will provide the awareness, education, tools and confidence to become a Workplace Champion. Each workplace Champion will receive a pack containing a support network tool kit, WPC sticker (to be used to identify themselves), role outline and responsibilities. Their role is to become the on the job link between the individual going through a mental health struggle and the support they may need, provide consistent support, and link individuals to further external supports. Workplace Champion candidates are identified as someone who is caring, a responsible leader, and has a good relationship and rapport with their fellow workers
• Developing supportive leaders within the workforce
• Developing streamline support networks within the workplace
• Maximising the uptake of the EAP (employment assistance program)
• Developing a mentally healthy culture and working environment
• Developing the Workplace Champion to become equipped to be a consistent support network, with their primary role being to support and link to further supports, not to diagnose, give answers or solutions
• Empowering the workforce and the company, and maximising the investment of the Mental Health Workplace Blueprint
• Support for the Workplace Champions through our ongoing personal development units and debrief meetings with our clinical support (psychologist, psychotherapist)
Experience has demonstrated that when the Mental Health Workplace Blueprint is delivered within workplaces, there can be an increase in uptake to traditional workplace support services. Traditional Employee Assistance Programs have occasionally been found unable to keep up with this demand. Our experiences have shown that in some cases the employee sadly does not receive the support needed. We know there is already poor perception of the Employee Assistance Program within the Australian workplace and experiences like this can only further discourage staff from seeking the support they need. Mental Health Movement don’t want employees to fall through the cracks, so we can also provide your company with onsite support. Our highly trained team including psychologists, counsellors, psychotherapists, suicidologists and social workers, have a combined 80 years of experience within the industry, which means you are in safe hands.
• Increased recognition of mental health impacts in the workplace
• Decreased stigma of mental health issues and adoption of an "incident management" approach similar to physical conditions
• Increased willingness to address mental health issues, with supervisors making referrals for staff
• Increased referral to the 1:1 clinical support on site and EAP off site
• Positive working relationships with several working groups, meaning that staff will raise and discuss issues early, minimising work and life impact
• Positive working relationships with the staff tasked with managing critical incidents, resulting in extremely proactive, responsive service
• Increased reliance on professional input for employees