How to put action in your workplace
This provides you with resources and activities that you can use in your workplace with the aim to:
- Raise awareness of mental health
- Raise awareness of stigma and discrimination faced by people with mental health challenges
- Open up conversations about mental health
- Review and consider how inclusive and supportive your workplace is of people with mental health issues
Work through this kit and determine what level of participation your workplace would like to engage in.
There are a number of ways your workplace can get involved depending on how comfortable it is with talking about and addressing mental health.
Awareness and information sharing
All organisations or workplaces can participate at this level. All workplaces that sign up to support Stampede Stigma are committed to reducing and eliminating stigma and discrimination in their workplace.
Here are some activities that you can hold in your workplace or with your teams.
Virtual or face to face morning tea
- share information using the Stampede Stigma speaking notes
- show our personal stories and campaign videos
- distribute the language guide to staff
- encourage staff to take our quiz
- encourage staff to share this information with family and friends.
Virtual meeting backgrounds
Use virtual backgrounds for your screens if working remotely during October in Mental Health month.
Embedding inclusive practices into organisational culture
If your workplace has awareness of inclusive work practices and current policies and procedures and have worked through the awareness and information sharing activities.
Hold a Wellways Well Together workshop which provides training to assist organisations to explore how they can build a more welcoming and inclusive environment for everyone. Workshops are run by a qualified trainer and include a presentation from someone with a lived experience of mental health challenges and recovery. This can be held face to face or as a webinar.
Review policies and procedures and to ensure standards for equality and anti-discrimination are included and note if they support inclusion.
Provide staff with information about the expectations of inclusive practice and provide or offer training on inclusive work practices and behaviours. Ensure staff know what inclusion in the workplace looks like.