Recovery Boost 2021 winners
The Recovery Boost program provides up to $50,000 for mental health projects that encourage early help seeking, support recovery and reduce stigma.
Round three of the 2021 program received 344 expressions of interest. It's been the biggest year yet!
We are thrilled to announce the eight winners.
A video-based peer wellbeing guide and an interactive online wellbeing plan that are developed based on lived experiences of rural sole traders from agriculture industries
- Provide tailored support for rural sole traders working within agriculture in NSW.
- Support the target group in proactively planning for a mentally healthy workplace.
- Encourage early help seeking by enabling early identification of risk and protective factors through use of the wellbeing plan.
- Improve mental health literacy and reduce stigma through use of video case studies.
- Use the voice of lived experience to encourage other rural sole traders working within agriculture to action workplace mental health.
NSW Police Force
Test combined interventions that target hyperarousal symptomatology to assist officers suffering from PTSD, anxiety, chronic pain, and other stress related disorders in conjunction traditional RECON therapies.
- Provide evidence of the effectiveness of combining traditional therapies such as CBT, CPT, EMDR, with alternate interventions such as aerobic exercise and resistance training, relaxation and breathing training, mindfulness, meditation, yoga, and music.
- Improve the mental durability of NSW Police Force employees
The program "Signal for Help' to support healthy minds in the NSW Bus Industry will produce an innovative online mental health training tool supported by an awareness and publicity campaign.
- Assist bus drivers, operators, and other transport workers by raising awareness of the specific industry issues that may affect their mental health.
- The free online training will help bus and coach drivers and operators identify the signs and symptoms associated with mental health issues and will provide strategies and resources to assist drivers and their managers to effectively manage their mental health.
Auslan Story project will develop mental health at work resources that support deaf and hard of hearing employee wellbeing. The project includes 4-5 story format information videos prepared and presented by deaf people for deaf people , as well as a self-care checklist and infographics targeted at the greater workplace to help inform other about mental health needs of deaf employees.
- Increase the effectiveness of resources for deaf employees in the workplace by creating tailored content, not just signing head over the top of English speaking stories.
- Increase the awareness on the unique mental health needs of deaf employees in trhe workplace.
- Create accessible resources that can be readily distributed and used in all workplaces.
Culturally appropriate interventions for boosting mental health and wellbeing. The project will work with organisations including NSW multicultural mental health resource centre to co-design mental health support information and other strategies in the workplace.
- Increase awareness of mental health at work in migrant communities.
- Create effective tools and resources that support the unique workplace mental health challenges of migrants.
- Assist workplaces in supporting multicultural or migrant employees.
Gandangara Medical Services
Yarning Circle for Staff Wellness. is an initiative that will include the formation of a semi-structured yarning circle, co-created between qualified health practitioners and First Peoples.
- Yarning circles are a First Peoples' cultural practice that have existed within community for many tens of thousands of years. They support a sense of connectedness and wellbeing, facilitate the sharing of experiences and knowledge, and create a safe space to talk about difficulties in daily life. Yarning Circles are steeped in First Peoples cultural protocols such as togetherness, kinship, and a lateral power hierarchy (Fleming et al, 2020).
OurHerd@Work is a workplace-based program leveraging the power of lived experienced storytelling to reduce stigma and increase help seeking behaviours within the workplace.
The project will engage employees and managers in an interactive workshop centred around an individual sharing their experience of mental ill health and the strategies they utilised to manage their mental wellbeing today.
Following the workshop, attendees will be granted access to a digital platform full of lived experienced stories to inspire action. This will be an evidence-based platform that focuses on self-care strategies shared by peers to challenge perceptions of help seeking stigma and resilience.
- Reduce stigma and increase help seeking - research has shown that the most effective way to do this is through the sharing of lived experience stories from a relatable, credible source or peer.
Central Coast Industry Connect Ltd
Better for Business Central Coast is an industry led initiative that seeks to understand mental health in small and medium sized business (SME). The project will be delivered in partnership with the Local Health District (Mental Health Service), Central Coast Suicide Prevention Alliance and University of Newcastle.
- Deeply understand the challenges and opportunities for the access and implementation of mental health resources and workplace mental health promotion strategies in small businesses.
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