Resources and information
you can use in your workplace.
For Businesses and employees.
What do I do when I'm concerned about a colleague's mental wellbeing? Where can I get support if I am feeling stressed or distressed at work? If you find yourself needing support or advice in the Nelson area - whether as a business owner, manager or employee - here are some suggestions to get you started.
COMPASS Peer Support and Advocacy can work with individuals to support their wellbeing goals. They can help find the support that works for you and walk alongside you when recovering from mental illness. Contact details for COMPASS HERE.
Te Ara Mahi can support both workplaces and individuals to promote recovery. Full details HERE.
How to have a mental health conversation in your workplace.
Open Minds resources produced by the Mental Health Foundation in collaboration with Attitude Group equip employers with the confidence and skills to talk about mental health in the workplace.
Link to Open Minds HERE
A 'fold it yourself' card will guide you through having those much-needed conversations at work:
Keeping it positive.
The Five Ways to Wellbeing are a great place to start for building a positive, resilient and productive workplace.
- Take Notice
- Keep Learning
- Be Active
You can access downloads, information and resources on the Five Ways HERE.
There is now a Five Ways to Wellbeing at Work toolkit specifically for workplaces HERE.
mindfulness in the workplace.
We heard from Dharan Longley in April 2018 on how to apply mindfulness in workplaces to increase wellbeing. His presentation is packed with useful data and an introduction to techniques that can be applied in your workplace. Find out more HERE.
Model workplace policy on family violence available to employers.
In 2017 we we learnt about The Warehouse's policy on Family Violence. Recently, the Human Rights Commission has congratulated a group of pioneering employers who have published a model workplace policy on family violence and encourages other firms to take it up.
“Employers know that family violence is a human rights issue that affects productivity and safety in the workplace,” says Equal Opportunities Commissioner Dr Jackie Blue. “But it isn’t always easy for employers to know what is needed or how to provide appropriate support to victims.”
Seven of New Zealand’s largest employers (The Warehouse Group, ANZ NZ, Countdown, Vodafone NZ, Fonterra, Ricoh New Zealand, and EY) have worked with the Human Rights Commission to draft a family violence policy that is now available to all employers.
“The model policy is a template that offers employers three levels of choices for a family violence policy. By choosing among the best-practice options, every employer can create a family violence policy that works for their staff and workplace,” Dr Blue says.
The model policy is available at a new website HERE.
What did MINDZ do in 2017?
MINDZ, the Workplace Mental Health Forum, had a very busy year. We have put together 'Gaining Momentum in 2017' to summarise some of our highlights and achievements. You can find out more about the organisation, our funders, members and activities HERE.
search the new mental health and addictions directory.
The new Healthpoint Mental Health and Addictions directory is an online platform for consumers and professionals to more easily navigate, understand and use mental health and addiction services in their community. The directory is at healthpoint.co.nz
The directory allows people to search by location, service delivery, age and referral types, to identify the most relevant services for their needs.
Listen to Pic talking about organisational culture.
At a recent forum, we heard from Pic about how they have created a positive workplace culture in the rapidly growing Pic's Peanut Butter business. The audio runs for about 30 minutes, and is packed with great ideas, including birthday lunches and finding great talent in a small town. Listen to Pic's presentation to the Forum HERE.
Get in touch with the Wellbeing@work, oranga mahi programme.
The Health Action Trust in Nelson runs an excellent programme to "achieve and maintain positive mental health and wellbeing as an essential component of a healthy, safe and productive workplace."
You find out more by emailing the programme manager here: firstname.lastname@example.org
More details on their website HERE.
Online links and support.
The Mental Health Foundation of NZ has lots of helpful information, links and resources HERE, with an A-Z of common illnesses.
The Lowdown has lots of resources for identifying anxiety and depression HERE.
common mental illnesses.
Dr Richard Tranter's presentation covers identifying common illnesses and what you can do.
Preventing and responding to bullying at work.
Worksafe NZ has an excellent guide on workplace bullying, here. The guidelines will help you identify, respond and prevent bullying in your workplace.
Worksafe NZ also has an excellent bullying prevention toolbox, here, with good practice guides, templates and examples.
mental wellbeing impact assessment in the workplace.
The Mental Wellbeing Impact Assessment (MWIA) is an evidence-based tool that guides decision makers, such as policy makers and service managers, about the potential impacts of a new programme or policy change. A recent paper reports, for the first time, on the strengths and weaknesses of using the MWIA in the workplace. The findings of the paper report that MWIA can be used as an effective workplace assessment tool and is valuable as both a diagnostic tool and as an intervention in its own right. The MWIA generates tailored action plans focussed on addressing the organisation or team-specific issues. The weaknesses of the MWIA in the workplace are mainly focussed around management cooperation and commitment to the process which should be screened for prior to engaging in the full stakeholder workshop. You can access a copy of the paper here from the Journal of Public Mental Health.
implementing the workwell initiative in your workplace.
WorkWell is a free, workplace wellbeing initiative which supports workplaces to 'work better through wellbeing'. Developed by Toi Te Ora Public Health, the model is now supported around Aotearoa with an assigned local WorkWell advisor to help you through the step by step process to accreditation. It can be adapted to any workplace. Find out more on the WorkWell website HERE.
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