New South Wales government offers free mental health resources to employers

Learn about the state's efforts to achieve a 'psychologically safe' workplace

New South Wales government offers free mental health resources to employers

The New South Wales government has recently announced that it aims to highlight the importance of “mentally healthy workplaces” through a partnership between SafeWork NSW and Sydney FC.

The initiative seeks to provide businesses with free coaching resources with training for employers and executive leaders who “want to learn practical strategies to provide a safe working environment, meet [their] WHS obligations, boost productivity and save business money,” the NSW government said.

The NSW government’s objectives and employers’ eligibility

One of the main objectives of the state-sponsored training would emphasise creating a mentally healthy workplace that is “good for people and good for business,” as it would help employers understand the legal, financial, ethical and reputational benefits of a “psychologically safe business.”

The employers will learn how to design safe workplaces and integrate mental health into all areas of [the] business, hoping to increase productivity and save money. 

The NSW government said that an employer or business owner is eligible if it is: a NSW business with less than 200 employees; or a not-for-profit organisation of any size.

According to a media release, each business can access up to four hours of free coaching delivered online or over the phone. The coaching would target mental health issues such as bullying, stress or change.

“Nearly one in six Australians are experiencing mental ill health at work,” Minister for Fair Trading Eleni Petinos said in a media release.

“I’m delighted that Sydney FC has partnered with SafeWork NSW to help raise mental health awareness in the workplace with the new campaign – Coaching, Training, Success!” Petinos said.

“Sydney FC understand how training and coaching play a vital role on and off the field, and take proactive measures such as such as flexible work arrangements, workload management and ensuring staff and players have a work-life balance.”

“There is an urgent need for small business owners to create sustainable mentally healthy workplaces, especially as more workers head back into the office,” Petinos added.

Meanwhile, Minister for Mental Health Bronnie Taylor said the initiative will “shine a light on the positive impact training and coaching can have on work culture.”

“Mental health is just as important as physical health. That’s why the NSW Government is offering free, tailored coaching to businesses, delivered by The Black Dog Institute,” Taylor said.

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