Consult Australia’s ‘Mental Health Knowledge Hub’

Consult Australia’s ‘Mental Health Knowledge Hub’ is a one-stop shop for resources to help member businesses to create mentally healthy workplaces. The benefits of mentally healthy workplaces are significant – employees feel more empowered to perform at a high-level and comfortably balance work into a healthy life, and thriving organisations can drive the performance of a workplace to deliver a competitive edge.

Resources in this knowledge hub include materials developed by Consult Australia for our sector, and links to best practice material developed by non-government organisations, government agencies and other organisations.

The success of our mental health initiative is due to the passion and persistence of our Mental Health Roundtable and Mental Health Ambassador Network. Making it easier for staff to address mental health concerns in the workplace has a significant impact on the wellbeing of employees. 

In this video, three of our Mental Health Ambassadors, David Field, Arthur Psaltis and Gerry Doyle, talk about why striving for mentally healthy workplaces is important and how the Consult Australia Mental Health Knowledge Hub has assisted them.

NEW SERIES CELEBRATES CONSULT AUSTRALIA'S MENTAL HEALTH INITIATIVES

Consult Australia is delighted to be featured in the National Mental Health Commission's Series on industry initiatives supporting mentally healthy workplaces. Consult Australia has been included as one of 13 case studies demonstrating how industry is leading on mentally healthy workplaces and successfully driving positive change. 

Our work, including our paper striving for mentally healthy workplaces, our mental health working group, ambassador network and mental health knowledge hub are all championed. Members are encouraged to access the series and share amongst their cohort. 

Research report on mentally healthy workplaces

Our Striving for Mentally Healthy Workplaces Report showcases the work our member firms have done to create a work environment that builds the confidence and acceptance of employees seeking help by removing perceived barriers and simply being open about mental health. The report outlines how the learnings from these examples can be scalable across consulting firms of all sizes operating in the built and natural environment. 

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Mental Health Ambassador Network

Our Mental Health Ambassador Network is a group of senior leaders with a shared goal of improving the mental health of professionals working within firms that provide, design, advisory, and engineering services for the built environment. 

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Mental Health Roundtable

Our Mental Health Roundtable is an active working group of member representatives able to be allocated tasks to assist our Mental Health initiative such as research activities or designing resources. Together they have developed the member guides accessible below. 

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End of Year Tender Deadlines Campaign

In 2018 Consult Australia piloted an initiative to promote a mentally healthy industry and better procurement practices by seeking support from clients to introduce a tender 'blackout' or three-week delay to timeframes over the Christmas and New Year break. 

This initiative has since developed into a national campaign, with our 2020 campaign receiving positive feedback from the vast majority of government departments. Click here to read more. 

Member guides

Our Mental Health Roundtable has been developing a series of member guides to support our membership and its employees with a range of related mental health concerns, including those that have arisen from COVID-19. Member guides currently available include: 

  • Mental health conversations in the workplace
  • Workplace wellbeing support plans
  • Mental health surveys
  • Top five tips for SMEs
  • Supporting mental health and wellbeing during COVID-19
  • The link between physical health and mental health
  • Identifying a colleague who may be struggling in a remote work environment
  • Remote working tips
  • Domestic and family violence
  • WHS advice in response to COVID-19

These guides are all available as part of our range of Business Guides and Client Briefings (members only).

National Mental Health Commission and the Mentally Healthy Workplace Alliance – new series of guides

The National Mental Health Commission and the Mentally Healthy Workplace Alliance have developed a new series of guides focussing on the impacts of COVID-19 on mental health and wellbeing.

The series includes the following guides:

  • ‘Helping people return to workplaces after extended periods working at home during COVID-19’
  • ‘Strategies to support wellbeing of decision makers through periods of sustained pressure’  
  • ‘Identifying and managing fatigue and burnout during COVID-19’
  • ‘The hidden impact of COVID-19 and sleep’
  • ‘Creating mentally healthy hybrid teams in the recovery from COVID-19’
  • ‘Responding to varied COVID-19 concerns in the workplace’
  • ‘Supporting people experiencing post-COVID-19 syndrome

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Book Club

Consult Australia's Mental Health Knowledge Hub is driven by passionate members whose professional and personal lived experiences have shaped their understanding of the importance of mental health and wellbeing support. 

Below are some reputable resources recommended by our members to form our Mental Health Knowledge Hub Book Club. 

  • Charles Duhigg - The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business 
  • Jonathan Haidt - The Happiness Hypothesis: Finding Modern Truth in Ancient Wisdom
  • Mark W. Muesse - Practicing Mindfulness: An Introduction to Meditation
  • Mark Manson - The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life
  • Dr Russ Harris - The Happiness Trap: Stop Struggling, Start Living
  • Ryan Holiday - The Obstacle Is the Way: The Timeless Art of Turning Trials in Triumph 
  • Ryan Holiday - Ego Is the Enemy 
  • Scott Barry Kaufman, The Psychology Podcast
  • Steve Kamb - Level Up Your Life: How to Unlock Adventure and Happiness by Becoming the Hero of Your Own Story
  • Susan David, PhD - Emotional Agility
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NewAccess for Small Business Owners

Running a business can be very stressful, especially under extreme circumstances such as floods, fires, droughts, and a pandemic.

With this in mind, Beyond Blue have established NewAccess for Small Business Owners - a mental health initiative that provides small business owners with confidential and free low intensity early intervention mental health support.

The initiative is tailored to meet the needs of small business owners in the sense that it is;

  • relevant – the mental health coaches have a lived experience of operating a small business,
  • accessible - the coaching is available Monday to Friday 8am to 8pm AEST online or via telephone, and no referral or mental health care plan is needed, and
  • practical - the initiative provides access to six structured sessions, and introduces pragmatic tools and techniques that can be implemented in day-to-day living.

To enquire about NewAccess for Small Business Owners contact 1300 945 301, email newaccess.smallbusiness@rfq.com.au or visit: www.beyondblue.org.au/newaccess-SBO.

Consult Australia encourages our members to share this great initiative across their engagement channels to help spread awareness of this service.

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Department of Health (Federal)

Looking after your mental health during restrictions

The impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak, physical distancing and isolation can make us feel anxious, stressed and worried. Read about what you can do to look after your mental wellbeing and look out for those around you as we tackle these challenges together. Link here.

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How mindfulness can help during the COVID-19 outbreak

In this article, provided by Smiling Mind, Beyond Blue looks at how mindfulness can help during the coronavirus outbreak. Link here.

Beyond Blue also have a range of resources in their COVID-19 Mental Wellbring Support Service. Link here.

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RUOK? Foundation

Staying connected is more important than ever

Knowing how to recognise signs that a colleague may be struggling is critical in the current environment, particularly with the uptake of remote working.  The RUOK? Foundation has prepared an article to provide tips on how to pick these signs. Link here.

Blog by Arthur Psaltis (Pritchard Francis)

Consult Australia's Mental Health Ambassador and WA Committee member, Arthur Psaltis, has written a blog on mental health, The Workplace and Mental Health - Is it part of the problem or part of the solution? Read Arthur's blog here
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Blog by Gerry Doyle (Tonkin)

Consult Australia's President, and Mental Health Ambassador, Gerry Doyle, put together a guest blog for the South Australian Mental Health Commission in late 2018. Gerry's blog, which featured alongside input from other guests such as Julia Gillard and SA's Health Minister, shared his personal story and how he manages his mental health. Read Gerry's blog here.

Gerry wrote a blog for R U Ok? Day 2021, Feeling stuck, in a rut, or a bit 'blah'? Read Gerry's blog here.

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Blog by Mal Brown (Northrop)

One of our mental health ambassadors, Mal Brown (Principal at Northrop), recently shared his story about being a leader dealing with stress and anxiety. Mal also shares his thoughts on some of the current challenges with COVID-19, and shares his tips for others in these testing times. Read Mal's blog here.

Quick facts
Source: Beyond Blue - State of Workplace Mental Health in Australia report
91%
of employees believe mental health in the workplace is important
52%
of employees believe their workplace is ‘mentally healthy’
$11 billion
approximate cost of untreated mental health conditions to workplaces

Useful links

Heads up – Developed by Beyond Blue and supported by the Mentally Healthy Workplaces Alliance, Heads Up provides individuals and businesses tools to creating mentally healthy workplaces.  These tools include personal stories and case studies, training and online programmes, webinars, and the latest statistics and research.

Beyond Blue – Works to raise awareness of depression, anxiety and suicide prevention, reduce the stigma surrounding these issues, and to encourage people to seek support when they need it.  Beyond Blue promotes good mental health across a range of population groups and places in which people live, learn work and play through strong partnerships with academics, governments, NGOs, the corporate sector, service providers, and the community.

Black Dog Institute – A research organisation that aims to reduce the incidence of mental illness, and the stigma around it, to actively reduce suicide rates and empower everyone to live the most mentally healthy lives possible.  The Black Dog Institute are focused on creating a world where mental illness is treated with the same level of concern, immediacy and seriousness as physical illness.

Safe Work Australia – An Australian Government statutory agency with the primary role of developing policies to improve work health and safety arrangements across Australia.  The organisation is responsible for coordinating and developing national policy and strategies, undertaking research and developing model work health and safety laws for implementation by states and territories.

 

More information

For more information about our advocacy work on mental health, please contact Consult Australia on info@consultaustralia.com.au