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Mental Health Issues at Work: How to have the conversation

Updated: Oct 28, 2019

The Future of Work Institute is hosting the fourth Masterclass of the Thrive at Work Masterclass series about how to have the conversation on mental health issues at the workplace. The workshop will provide an easy-to-use framework and simple, practical tips for people in workplaces who need to respond to someone they are concerned about.

The workshop is suitable for managers, supervisors, HR staff, CEOs, OHS staff and anyone who wants to learn how to understand how to respond appropriately when someone has a mental health issue.

This masterclass will:

• Provide an overview of the reasons we need to look out for people and how to identify someone who might be struggling at work.

• Discuss the importance of knowing your people and fostering high--quality connections.

• Identify the barriers to having a sensitive and challenging conversation with someone who may have a mental health issue.

• Identify the challenges for someone to speak up about their mental health issues in the workplace - privacy, confidentiality, and uncertainty about what to say without causing upset or offence.

• Provide some guidelines for preparing, undertaking and raising up concerns about mental health and well-being.

• Discuss and understand the importance of empathy. There are barriers for employees who may find it difficult to raise concerns about mental health and well-being: fear of being misunderstood or their job being under threat, stigma and myths about mental ill-health, et cetera

The workshop will be interactive and participants will have an opportunity to share their experiences, followed by a Q & A session.


Date: 21 November 2019 (RSVP by: 17/11/2019)

Time: 9.00am – 12.00pm 

Location: The Platform, L3, 256 Adelaide Terrace, Perth

Cost: $249 General

To register, go to:

Julie Loveny

Sue Crock


Julie Loveny and Sue Crock are mental health professionals with many years’ experience in different contexts. They are the directors of This Working Life, a Perth-based consultancy providing services to help workplaces thrive and employees to flourish. As educators and facilitators, they are passionate about the prevention of mental health issues. They consider well-managed organisations, who prioritise their people, as well as have a commitment to good work design are in an excellent position to protect employees’ wellbeing. Having a conversation with someone you are concerned about takes courage, but is part of an employer’s duty of care. Julie and Sue bring many skills to ‘unpacking’ this important topic.


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