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Case study

Mental health awareness

We believe that our people’s mental wellbeing is equally as important as their physical health. That’s why we introduced a mental health working group, comprising a cross-section of employees, to lead the rollout of a program at Curragh promoting positive mental health.

We have focused on mental health awareness and six key areas:

1.  Improve understanding

Mental health awareness training is conducted for all new-starters and leaders.

2.  Reduce stigma

Our people participate in awareness activities, including R U OK? Day and Queensland Mental Health Week

3.  Improve policies and procedures

We updated our Personal Leave Policy to specifically reference mental health and we are reviewing our Readiness for Return-To-Work Policy and associated procedures.

4.  Measure, report and respond

We receive quarterly reporting from our employee assistance program provider and monthly reports from our peer support program, to ensure we have the data to better respond to the needs of our workforce.

5.  Address risks

We implemented a mental health first aid program to train our people. In 2019, we rolled out four courses where 44 personnel were trained and 22 were registered as workplace mental health first aiders.

6.  Support self-care

With the support of our designated mental health first aiders, we are seeking ways to encourage and educate our people to understand the link between mental health and physical health.