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The Developing and Implementing Preventative Mental Health & Wellbeing Strategies for First Responders Masterclass is an opportunity to review your processes and policies for the mental health and wellbeing of your staff. Learn best practice for reducing stigma and discrimination, how to enhance health promotion for physical and mental health, and develop policies to ensure the wellbeing of those who disclosure a mental health concern.
Who should attend?
Directors, managers, officers and psychologists from Police, Fire and Emergency Services, Ambulance and other first response agencies with responsibilities for:
- Human Resources
- Health and Wellbeing
- Mental Health Services
- People and Culture
- Psychological Services
- Employee Assistance
- Critical Incident Response
Attend to learn:
- An understanding of the impact of leadership and workplace culture on mental health and wellbeing of staff
- The core components of an effective mental health and wellbeing strategies that protects your employees and your organisation
- How to address mental health stigma as a part of mental health and wellbeing promotion
- The importance of developing a holistic strategy that encompasses physical, psychological, and emotional health and wellbeing
- Strategies to improve mental health literacy within your organisation and how to engage and educate in a change resistant culture
- Best practice for developing policies to reduce stigma and discrimination following disclosures
- How to engage staff during and after a disclosure to streamline the process of getting them back to work
Picking Up The Peaces
In 2006, Kate’s husband, David, was diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress following an international deployment with the Australian Federal Police. This experience was the catalyst for Kate to establish Picking Up The Peaces (PUTP) in 2008, an organisation which provides support and preventative mental health education to uniformed service personnel and their families. Her prior experience as a relief nurse for several years provided Kate with a profound understanding of the strong culture within a uniformed service environment, and why mental health leadership and
role modeling is now time critical.
In 2010 and 2011, the ACT Government funded PUTP to pilot a mental health education and awareness program to the Emergency Service Authority, Canberra.
In 2011, Kate was awarded the Winston Churchill Fellowship award, where she researched ways of addressing the stigma surrounding uniformed service personnel and post-traumatic stress – looking at barriers to help seeking behaviour. Following this, she re-wrote the mental health education program for PUTP. This education program has now been delivered to many various high-risk work environments such as the AFP International Deployment Group, ACT Fire and Rescue, ACT Rural Fire Service, ACT Ambulance Service, Melbourne Fire Brigade, and ACT Health Directorate.
In 2013, Kate presented at the 14th International Mental Health conference, “Is peer education the way forward in the prevention and early identification of traumatic stress and psychological injury? – An evaluation of the Mental Health Training with ACT Fire and Rescue.” Since then similar programs have been duplicated and rolled out to various uniformed service personnel.
Kate attended the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation, an Honours University In Maryland’s course, where she participated in the Advanced Group Crisis Intervention in 2015, and also The Changing Face of Crisis and Disaster Mental Health Intervention 2017.
Kate’s passion and dedication has been formally acknowledged for her contribution to this field by being awarded a Medal in the Order of Australia. Kate was a local ACT Australian of the year finalist for 2013 and a nominee in 2011 for her dedication to the mental health of our first responder community.
Kate resigned from the Australian Federal Police in February 2018 to continue in a more active role for PUTP, as their CEO, and to pursue a career in Mental Health Promotion and Education directed towards First Responder organisations.
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