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Nov 19

Fact Sheet: Mental Health in the Workplace

While one in three of us will experience mental illness at some point in our lives, there remains a pervasive stigma in the workplace preventing us from talking openly about our mental health. We compiled a fact sheet about the rates of mental health issues in the workplace, the associated cost and which industries are … Continue reading Fact Sheet: Mental Health in the Workplace

11
Nov 19

Crisis hubs to alleviate ED mental health strain

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More Australians are accessing mental health services than ever before and Emergency Departments are groaning with the weight of associated presentations.  Over the last four years emergency departments saw an increase of 20% in mental health presentations. This is not only a strain on under-resourced ED staff but also poses harmful consequences for patients.  Research … Continue reading Crisis hubs to alleviate ED mental health strain

07
Nov 19

The Cost of Care – Must-have early intervention & prevention strategies for first responders

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“What other job requires you to be in a constant state of hyper vigilance and alertness yet at the same time be a counsellor, a social worker, a lawyer, or a prison warden. What other profession authorizes you to take a person’s liberty, or potentially use deadly force, but then mandates that you attempt to … Continue reading The Cost of Care – Must-have early intervention & prevention strategies for first responders

08
Oct 19

Quick Reference Guide to Talking to Staff about their Mental Health

Nearly 70% of people are uncomfortable disclosing a mental illness to an employer; 35% said it wasn’t even a possibility. Of people taking sick leave due to depression, 40% hid the fact from their boss. If you notice changes in a colleague or employee, it’s important to have the conversation and let them know they … Continue reading Quick Reference Guide to Talking to Staff about their Mental Health

26
Aug 19

Stemming the Tide of Youth Suicide

Suicide impacts all parts of the Australian community, and for too many years we have seen suicide occurring in increasing numbers in our younger people, which is absolutely tragic. There is a fine line between not talking enough and potentially talking too much about suicide with our youth, and indeed the way in which we … Continue reading Stemming the Tide of Youth Suicide

16
Aug 19

Exploring multi-sectoral approaches to addressing youth suicide

Suicide is one of the most complex phenomenons affecting Australia. A public health issue affecting individuals, families, workplaces and communities, the issue is multifaceted and subject to environmental, psychological, emotional, socio-economic, cultural and religious factor among others. Suicide remains the leading cause of death for Australians between 15 and 24 years old. According to Life … Continue reading Exploring multi-sectoral approaches to addressing youth suicide

01
Aug 19

Instilling resilience in our first responders

In a world-first study, the Black Dog Institute has revealed promising strategies for embedding psychological resilience in emergency service workers and first responders.  There are over 80,000 fulltime emergency workers in Australia. By definition their roles entail highly challenging working conditions and regular exposure to traumatic incidents. Over half of emergency service responders have experienced … Continue reading Instilling resilience in our first responders

29
Nov 18

Beyond Blue Spotlight: Police and Emergency Services Program

Author:Ash Natesh

Emergency Services personnel are always at the forefront when it comes to helping distressed citizens. They do an exceptional job in alleviating stress in emergency situations. The nature of emergency service work routinely exposes workers to trauma. However, a culture of stigma continues to prevent those who need help from seeking it. Because of this, … Continue reading Beyond Blue Spotlight: Police and Emergency Services Program