Many workers in NSW will have better access to support at work while overcoming mental health challenges thanks to the NSW Government’s Mentally Healthy Workplaces strategy.
On 22 October, Minister for Better Regulation Matt Kean launched a new workplace intervention program, a new website with free support and resources, and additional funding to help drought-affected farm workers living with mental illness and distress.
The new initiatives include:
- A program of Mentally Healthy Workplaces Ambassadors, including Landcom, led by John Brogden, to raise awareness of the importance of workplace mental health;
- Access to free, tailored SafeWork NSW training for at least 3,600 managers around NSW to improve awareness and support of mental illness;
- A website, which has free support and resources for managers and workers about workplace mental health; and
- A funding boost of $100,000 for the Virtual Psychologist service, which will give an additional 1,100 farmers access to critical psychological counselling support in real time.