Free mental health training for NSW businesses

The Black Dog Institute is offering free mental health training to eligible businesses in New South Wales, funded by the NSW Government.

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Workplace mental health training being delivered by The Black Dog Institute aims to equip leaders, managers, and employees with practical tools to support mental health in the workplace.

There are three tailored programs available, each designed to meet the needs of different roles within a business:

Leading a Mentally Healthy Workplace

This program is intended for executive leaders and employers. Participants will gain an understanding of their legal responsibilities, learn to identify psychosocial risk factors, and develop strategies to foster a supportive work environment. The training also covers how to create healthier workplaces through policies, job roles, and education. It is delivered through a 1-hour interactive workshop online via Zoom, facilitated by an expert psychologist, with opportunities for participants to ask questions.

Managing for Team Wellbeing

Aimed at managers, supervisors, and other people leaders, this training focuses on building skills to support the mental health of their teams. It covers identifying early signs of mental ill-health, having conversations about mental health, and supporting team members to remain at or return to work. The program also includes self-care strategies for managers themselves. This training can be completed through a 3-hour workshop, available both face-to-face and online via Zoom, or a 2-hour self-paced eLearning course.

Your Mental Health at Work

This program is designed for all individuals, including sole traders, employees, tradespeople, apprentices, and volunteers. It provides tools to recognize early signs of mental ill-health, engage in conversations about mental health, and understand workplace health and safety rights. It also includes self-care strategies and resources for additional support. The training can be completed through a 2-hour workshop, available face-to-face or online via Zoom, or a 45-minute self-paced eLearning course.

Free for Eligible Businesses

Eligible businesses for this free training include those with fewer than 200 employees in NSW or any size not-for-profit organisation in NSW. The training programs are backed by research and delivered by experts, ensuring that participants receive relevant and practical information to support mental health in their workplaces.

For more information and to check eligibility, go to the Black Dog Institute website here.

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