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CommuniCorp & SuperFriend launches expanded training

Posted by Juliana Gorman on Wednesday, October 03, 2012.

Over the last few months CommuniCorp has been working with SuperFriend to collaboratively develop an expanded suite of training modules to be offered to funds, administrators and group insurers.

After a series of thorough consultations with groups across the sector, we have produced tailored training modules for SuperFriend that focus on taking a proactive approach with mental health in the workplace.

Some key elements of the training include:

- What to look for when someone’s behaviour is indicating that something is not quite right.

- How to deal with and help someone experiencing distress/mental illness.

Effective staff training in this area is vital to managing positive mental health and wellbeing in the workplace, and it is encouraging to see organisations such as SuperFriend committing to ensuring these issues are appropriately and effectively managed through quality learning opportunities provided by highly skilled psychologist facilitators.

Three ideas to help improve positive mental wellbeing at work

Posted by Juliana Gorman on Wednesday, September 12, 2012.

1. Increase your mental health literacy levels - mental health issues can have a profoundly negative impact on people’s lives. While depression receives a huge amount of press, we need to be mindful that it is just one of a large number of mental health issues including anxiety, psychosis, drug and alcohol, autistic spectrum disorders - just to name a few.These can affect people, not just in terms of their own mental health, but in terms of their caring responsibilities for others outside the workplace. With the current high prevalence rates for mental health it is almost a given that someone in your workplace will have firsthand experience dealing with their own or others’ mental health concerns.

While you don’t need to become an amateur psychologist, it is important for you know how to initiative a conversation with someone in the workplace who might be in distress.

Important skills we all need include:

• Knowing who to speak to at work about dealing with your own or others emotional wellbeing concerns.

• Understanding the various roles and responsibilities in the workplace when it comes to things like work health and safety from a psychological perspective.

• Making reasonable adjustments to accommodate, maintain and support people in the workplace.

• Ensuring your organisation’s compliance with legislative requirements when it comes to mental health

Remember, good work is great for people’s mental health and just because someone might have a mental health concerns does not have to mean they are any less valuable or productive than others as a team member in your workplace.

2. Prioritise physical activity! The link between physical and psychological wellbeing is well established and it is now commonly accepted that exercise itself has antidepressant properties, helps you manage stress, improves sleep and can even improve brain functioning. Even better, exercise with a friend or workmate. That way you can get great social contact as well as your daily endorphin hit!

3. Find the positive! Decades of research has confirmed the health and wellbeing benefits of being realistically optimistic - an optimistic outlook allows you to spot opportunities in challenging situations, motivate you to take constructive action,feel in control and challenge problems before they become intractable. It also improves your resilience as well as positively influencing your immune system and overall mood. A wise man once said, “Your experience is determined by what you pay attention to”, so make it a point to pay attention to the positive and focus on things you can influence next time you are in a challenging situation - and challenge others to do the same!

October is Mental Health Month – what is your workplace doing?

Posted by Mike Howe on Tuesday, August 07, 2012.

Mental Health Month this year is all about three mental health and wellbeing 
themes including: 

  1. Celebrating the positive things in life 
  2. Connecting with others 
  3. Growing by expanding our horizons 

These themes fit with our holistic approach to mental health and wellbeing including our Practical Resilience and Workplace Mental Health workshops. CommuniCorp can provide your organisation with communication packs and workshops to hold over the month. Call or email us for more about short courses for your workplace.

2012 Comcare Conference - September 19-21

Posted by Mike Howe on Friday, August 03, 2012.

Comcare will be holding their annual conference from September 19-21. CommuniCorp has a booth in the exhibition section of the conference. Come have a chat to us in Sydney at the Comcare Conference and we can show you how we can assist your organisation manage workplace workplace mental health and wellbeing issues in the most effective way. 

Looking forward to seeing you there!

Free Demonstration Sessions in Capital Cities Throughout the Month of May

Posted by Mike Howe on Friday, April 13, 2012.

CommuniCorp Group is please to announce another event that is back by popular demand. Following the outstanding response during Mental Health Month last October CommuniCorp will be holding a number of complimentary seminars in capital cities in May 2012. The seminar topic for these events will be "Managing Staff with Mental Health Concerns". Events will be held in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Canberra and numbers to these events is strictly limited.

Click here to book your place or for more information.

Update: Sydney event has reached capacity, hurry if you are in other states to ensure your place at this highly informative event.

For those in Sydney please contact email info@communicorpgroup.com to be put on a wait list or to be provided with further information about our courses. 

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