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Accessing free mental health training


Free mental health training is being offered for eligible Hunter workplaces through the Black Dog Institute, funded by the NSW Government.

The expert-led training comes at a time when managers, leaders, and employers are being asked to play a pivotal role in their team’s wellbeing. 

Through its simple design, the easy-to-do programs provide practical strategies to influence positive mental health at work for individuals, teams and organisations as a whole.

Black Dog Institute workplace facilitator Carol Newall says the training gives people the skills to start a conversation about mental health at work.

“It might be that they had noticed a change in behaviour of someone on their team but didn’t know how to go beyond asking if they were ok,” she said.

“The training is also good to tell people what the latest thinking is on how to help and where information and services can be found if they do have a colleague in distress.”

For the team at CareFlight, the training has resulted in the creation of a wellbeing team committed to looking after the mental health of all of its employees.

The critical care aeromedical retrieval service brings emergency care to people as and where they need it, so the team at CareFlight have to be ready for any incident at any time.

The experiences its team endure can often be traumatic, though not all CareFlight staff have been trained to deal with earlier in their careers.

“While the doctors and nurses flying out to these situations are used to seeing trauma of all sorts, often those flying the planes or driving the ambulances are not,” explains Aeromedical Specialist Caroline Macari.

“Staff are being asked to put themselves in the position of seeing what can sometimes be distressing scenes time and time again. 

“We as an organisation wanted to make sure that everyone at CareFlight felt supported, and wanted to ensure we were looking after their mental health – even those not on the front line deserve to feel supported and know that their organisation cares.”

CareFlight accessed the free mental health training with the Black Dog Institute.

So far 30 managers have completed ‘Managing for Team Wellbeing’, with the charity aiming to register every other manager for workshops later in the year.

“It’s important that every staff member knows we care for their mental wellbeing and they have training to start the conversation of asking their teammates – are you coping?”

CareFlight joins more than 15,000 people across NSW who have already completed the NSW Government-funded training.

Training is available at no cost to NSW businesses with up to 200 workers and not-for-profits of any size. 

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