Funding solutions for better workplace mental health
Peer support programs, a podcast series, a virtual reality training program and a therapy dog for community outreach are just some of the innovative ideas funded by the Recovery Boost program.
Recovery Boost was developed to fund projects that support mental health recovery at work. Workplaces can play an important role in preventing mental health issues and can also make a positive impact on a person’s recovery.
Over the past three years, the Recovery Boost program has invested more than $500,000 to help exciting and beneficial workplace mental health projects come to life.
Watch this video to learn more about the projects that received Recovery Boost grants in 2020:
St Luke’s Preschool, Dapto - a therapy dog to use in community outreach, staff training and positive mental health program for children
Mind Blank - an online interactive theatre providing mental health support to managers, supervisors and employees
- MATES in construction - expanding successful MATES in construction program into construction sites and related workplaces in regional NSW
- NRMA - to develop and implement “We Carry You” Peer support program, including development of a mobile website
- Australian Manufacturing Workers’ Union (AMWU) - to pilot and evaluate a peer support mental health program for the manufacturing industry
- Westpac Helicopter Service - to enhance education and support provided to employees and their family members to ensure they have the tools and support to manage their mental health and wellbeing throughout their employment life cycle
- NSW Health - MLHD – to pilot intervention of mental health coaching to target staff identified at-risk of developing a psychological illness or injury
- South Cares - a multi-faceted mental health initiative including, developing an employment induction video, training for South Cares Aboriginal employment advisors and mentors and a social media campaign
- Rumpus Skillshare Inc - LunchBreak: Mental Health Skills & Habits program, a 4-week digital program, supporting workers to develop skills in understanding their mental health symptoms, explore a range of evidence-based creative practices and cultivate self-care strategies
- Headline Productions - to develop Mental Health literacy podcast series, to educate emerging middle management how to better support their team’s mental health by increasing awareness, improving mental health literacy and decreasing stigma
- University of Sydney - to create a virtual platform that supports healthcare workers recovering from mental health. Based on evidence that shows that rehearsing workplace interactions with a virtual character builds confidence
- NSW Health – WSLHD - to develop an Emergency Department staff wellbeing framework and trial a Code Black virtual reality training program
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