Get involved in Mental Health Week this October and show your commitment to positive mental health at your workplace.
This year's flagship event is the Mental Health Forum on Thursday 10 October at Brisbane's Convention and Exhibition Centre. The forum features high profile keynote presenters and a mock court and will provide delegates with practical strategies to take back to their workplace.
Also featured in 2019 is the Fatigue management live stream on Wednesday 9 October. This will be hosted by Professor Drew Dawson, widely recognised for his work in sleep and fatigue research, organisational psychology and human behaviour, industrial relations negotiations, and the human implications of hours of work.
As director of the internationally recognised Appleton Institute, he oversees research into the effects of shift work and sleep loss on the health and well-being of employees. Professor Dawson's online discussion centres around the physical health implications of ongoing fatigue, the latest research on how shift work affects the body, and strategies to minimise fatigue and improve the psychological and physical health of the workforce.
To help promote mental health at work during Mental Health Week:
- Hold your own mental health awareness session to reduce stigma and promote help seeking behaviours.
- Request a visit from Queensland Mental Health Ambassador Libby Trickett.
- Show and discuss Libby Trickett's film about her personal experience with mental health issues or check out Heads up toolbox talks on how to get a mental health conversation started in your workplace.
- Learn about the early warning signs that indicate a worker may need support. Download our mentally healthy workplaces toolkit and other information and resources to help you take positive steps towards a mentally healthy workplace.
- Remind staff about how to access information on local mental health services or your employee assistance provider.
- Arrange a morning tea for staff to help them connect and take a break. Consider fundraising for a mental health organisation doing great work in your community.
- Find out more about what others are doing at on the Mental Health Week website.