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.

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

Ensure you can recognise and respond to mental health issues as well as understand your obligations around reasonable adjustments, privacy and balancing people‚Äôs needs with business needs.  

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 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. 

Intended outcomes:
  • recognise the symptoms and functional impact of common mental illnesses in the workplace (limited coverage - see workshop preparation)
  • 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.

Dates and times

The next course date is yet to be confirmed. 


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Tuesday, 12 May, 2020 12:43 PM