Safety, Health and Wellbeing

Managing mental illness in the workplace

Our role is to develop and assist in the implementation of the UWA safety, health and wellbeing programs in order to minimise the risk of injury, illness and property damage.

We provide consultancy and other services to promote best practice and legislative compliance in all University and related activities.

Further information

Standard mental health first aid


5 hours


Tasha Broomhall, Director, Blooming Minds

Number of places



Futures Observatory, Centre for Education Futures.


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UWA Safety Health and Wellbeing partner with Tasha Broomhall, Director and lead trainer of consultancy firm Blooming Minds to help deliver this workshop.

Tasha has a background in psychology, disability, employment, psycho-social rehabilitation and aged care services and has been providing mental health and wellbeing training programs throughout Australia for more than 11 years.

An Occupational Therapist in the UWA Safety and Health team will also be present to explain the assistance available to managers at UWA.

Workshop purpose and scope

Intended audience:
Managers and Supervisors at UWA who wish to have a better understanding of how to manage staff who may be experiencing mental health issues, as well as managing the impact on the rest of their team. 
Workshop description:
This half day course provides an overview of strategies and suggestions on how to best deal with mental health issues that may arise in the workplace. Participants will learn about their obligations and be provided with practical strategies to respond to mental health issues at work. Information will also be provided on the supports available within UWA.
The course is recommended for all managers and supervisors.
Intended outcomes:
You will :
  • recognise the symptoms and functional impact of the common mental illnesses in the workplace (limited coverage - see workshop preparation section)
  • be aware of their roles and responsibilities when responding to mental health issues in the workplace.
  • learn strategies to approach and address staff with mental health issues.
  • learn about resources available to assist Managers and Supervisors to support employees with mental illness (at UWA and beyond).
  • learn about how to develop reasonable workplace accommodations for mental illness.
Workshop preparation
In order to get the most out of the session, it is expected that participants will have a basic understanding of the most common types of mental health conditions they may encounter in the workplace. Participants will be assumed to have completed one or both of the following:
  • Some form of Mental Health First Aid training (provided free of charge to UWA staff and affiliates)
  • beyondblue has a series of free, short online programs which include easy to follow activities, scenarios and videos that build understanding of depression and anxiety in the workplace.

Event details

  • Tuesday 2 April, 9am-2pm. Futures Observatory, Centre for Education Futures. Register here.
  • Wednesday 21 August, 9am-2pm. Futures Observatory, Centre for Education Futures.