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Mental Health First Aiders

This one-day Mental Health First Aid course equips people with not only the tools to respond to mental health situations, but also in how to promote and monitor good mental health in the workplace.

This course will give participants tools to:

1. Identify compromised mental health in the workplace
2. Provide initial support to those in crisis
3. Implement promotion and prevention strategies

Our philosophy is about prevention, therefore as part of this workshop, participants will be provided with ideas and strategies to help promote good mental health in the workplace at the same time as putting in place practices to monitor mental health.

Course Overview

Common Mental Health Disorders:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Substance use problems
  • How to deal with some personality disorders 

Mental health crisis situations covered are:

  • Suicidal thoughts and behaviours
  • Non-suicidal self-injury (sometimes called deliberate self-harm)
  • Panic attacks
  • Traumatic events
  • Severe effects of drug or alcohol use
  • Aggressive behaviours 

Mental Health promotion and prevention includes:

  • Identifying and managing stress in the workplace
  • Identifying and managing fatigue
  • How to have a conversation and supporting others to have conversations
  • Health promotion ideas and activities 

This workshop is designed and facilitated by Psychologists who specialise in mental health in the workplace.

The facilitator for this programme is Bridget Jelley; Bridget is our Health and Wellbeing facilitator and is a registered Psychologist. Bridget has effectively improved the health and wellbeing of people in some of the most formidable operating environments such as mining, hospital emergency departments and prisons.

Location: The Novotel
Date: 03rd September 2018
Time: 9:00am – 4:00pm
Price: $450.00 per person

To book your place, please either fill in your details in the 'Free Consultation' section on our website, or visit the event details on Eventbrite:

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Mental Health For Leaders

The Mental Health for Leaders workshop is aimed at educating and preparing leaders to provide psychologically safe work environments where everyone has the best chance at thriving.

This workshop focuses on Columbia Universities three aspects of Leadership:

1. Leading self
2. Leading others
3. Leading the business

Leaders will be provided with an introduction to mental health, understanding of brain functioning and how to use this knowledge to create thriving teams and psychologically safe workplace cultures.

This workshop will also look at how leaders can be more strategic in their approach to mental health and wellbeing in the workplace, introducing strategies and tools to support a psychologically safe workforce. 

Course Overview

Introduction to Mental Health

  • Definitions
  • Statistics
  • Common mental disorders
  • Common mental health challenges at work 

Understanding how to lead the human brain

  • Learn the brain’s functions and limitations
  • The brain when stressed, fatigued and burnt out
  • Cognitive biases
  • What we may see in ourselves and others and what we need to do 

Leading the business

  • Mental Health and wellbeing strategy
  • Management practices
  • Governance
  • Risks
  • Culture 


This workshop is designed and facilitated by Psychologists and experienced leaders in the field of Mental Health in the workplace.

The facilitator for this programme is Bob Weir; Bob is our Leadership Facilitator. He has executed vision and strategy as a General Manager in large, complex operating environments and now works with many organisations across New Zealand to develop their own. 

Location: The Novotel
Date: 23rd August 2018
Time: 9:00am – 4:00pm
Price: $450 per person
Who is it for: Those in senior leadership positions.

To book your place, please either fill in your details in the 'Free Consultation' section on our website, or visit the event details on Eventbrite:

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Introduction to Mental Wellbeing in the Workplace

How to create a culture where everyone thrives

This workshop, led by workplace mental health and wellbeing specialists Bridget Jelley and Bob Weir, will give you the tools to create a psychologically safe work environment where all your people can thrive.

The mental health and wellbeing of your employee is critical to successful business. New Zealanders at work are now at a greater risk of developing mental health problems and stress-related disease than they are of having a workplace accident. It’s vital that employers are well-equipped to understand the risks to employee wellbeing in their business and create healthy, functioning cultures for their people.

New Zealand businesses are acutely aware of the responsibilities they face in protecting their staff from physical harm. We consistently assess our Health and Safety risks and hazards then put processes in place to manage these.

What focus do we put on the mental health and wellbeing of our staff and the risks that poor mental health has on these staff and on our business?

  • Kiwis are working even harder than before and as a result are experiencing high stress levels and burnout which impacts on behaviour and in turn effectiveness
  • People are more likely to be absent from work due to mental health and wellbeing than physically harming themselves
  • Four out of five people have experienced mental distress at some stage – that is a big chunk of our workforce that is potentially struggling
  • Mental distress can include; isolation, anxiety, depression, compassion fatigue, grief and trauma all of which can impact on concentration and relationships in the workplace

Join our one-day workshop and you will learn:

  1. UNDERSTAND and remove the myths and biases of mental health in the workplace
  2. IDENTIFY the main hazards to mental health and wellbeing in your workplace
  3. MANAGE any situations or potential situations that could arise in your workplace  You will receive tools and resources to take away to put into place straight away
  4. CREATE a psychologically safe environment at your workplace that sets your people up to be present and productive

‘50-80% of New Zealanders will experience a mental health or an addiction problem in their lifetime’ (report released by the Mental Health Commissioner).

Location: Novatel – lunch provided
Date: 17th May 2018
Time: 9.30-3.30pm
Cost: $295 per person
Who’s it for? Leaders, HR Managers or anyone who wants to learn more about Mental Health and wellbeing in the workplace
Facilitated By: Bridget Jelley (Registered Psychologist) and Bob Weir (Business owner, Author, Engineer)

How to Book:
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Strategies to help your team thrive not dive

Developing better leaders with psychology

Join us for the first collaboration between the Waikato Chamber of Commerce
and The Effect! 
This is a four-part series of events, after a well-received initial workshop, it will be run over the next 5 months and will inspire you to think and act differently. This series is designed with leaders in mind, to introduce you to the power of brain concepts, with some new ideas and tools which are backed by science to give you the edge to become the best leader you can.
The presentations will cover psychological theories that cover topics surrounding Health & Safety, Emotional Intelligence and Personalities in the Workplace, to name a few.

Our upcoming session 18 April is:
"Strategies to help your team thrive not dive"
A proactive approach to helping leaders and teams function at their best. Tips on things to put in place that safe guard a team from taking a dive into the pool of dysfunction.

This series will appeal to you if:

  • You are a leader within your business
  • You have an interest in being able to influence both yourself and others
  • You want to understand more of how the human brain works and how to leverage it
  • You would like to understand the science of inspiring people to work for you
  • You want some tools up your sleeve for inspiring action

COST: $120.00 (includes four sessions) Waikato Chamber of Commerce Members / $160.00 non Waikato Chamber of Commerce Members

Click here to register.  Spaces will be limited.

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