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Managing Mental Health in the Workplace - Masterclass - Wellington

This Masterclass Is Designed To Support Leaders To Effectively And Confidently Promote And Protect Mental Health In Their Workplace.
Wednesday 16th September 8:30am - Thursday 17th September 2020 4:30pm
Where  Te Papa, 55 Cable Street, Wellington View Map
Who Dougal Sutherland

1 in 5 employees are experiencing a mental health problem at any one time with stress, depression and anxiety contributing to lost working days, as well as presenteeism* and negative impacts on team performance.

Work-related stress can also exacerbate the risk of employees developing mental illness as well as worsening existing symptoms. However, we can create a positive difference to support mental health at work.

Research shows that:

  • Psychologically safe and healthy workplaces can enhance people’s mental health and wellbeing and protect them from mental illness.
  • For people with experience of mental illness, safe and supportive workplaces have been found to play an important role in recovery.
  • The return on investment in workplace mental health interventions is overwhelmingly positive, with an average return of $5 for every $1 spent (Deloitte, 2020).

*presenteeism (noun). The practice of being present at one's place of work for more hours than is required, especially as a manifestation of insecurity about one's job.

Umbrella's Managing Mental Health in the Workplace Masterclass will help you:

  • Enhance your leadership capability and confidence in supporting your people to flourish by promoting positive mental health as well as recognising and managing mental illness.
  • Create a framework and language for talking about mental health with your team that is empowering and proactive, instead of stigmatising and reactive.

Wednesday 16 September, 8.30 am - 4.30 pm

Thursday 17 September, 8.30 am - 4.30 pm


  1. Increase your knowledge about stress, mental health and mental illness.
  2. Debunk common myths about mental illness, and identify the impact of discrimination.
  3. Identify common signs of mental illness.
  4. Recognise factors that have either a positive or negative influence on people’s mental health.
  5. Identify the causes of work-related stress and when stress turns into signs of something more serious.
  6. Learn a best-practice process on how to respond to suicide risk.
  7. Learn how to initiate and engage in compassionate conversations with colleagues you are concerned about (these conversations occur prior to leadership conversations).
  8. Learn effective, practical strategies to strengthen mental health and wellbeing at work and in your life, to enable you to flourish.


  1. Increase knowledge about your duty of care to protect the mental health of your people.
  2. Understand how stress and mental illness can impact negatively on employee productivity and wellbeing.
  3. Identify key principles alongside a best practice process for effectively managing mental health in the workplace.
  4. Learn and practise how to plan and carry out effective leadership conversations when concerned about a team member’s mental health. This includes when people become tearful, or don’t want to engage in conversation.
  5. Discuss how to integrate wellbeing conversations as part of your leadership ‘business as usual’.
  6. Highlight intervention and support strategies.
  7. Identify what stops people from engaging in support, and how to overcome these hurdles.
  8. Identify the key factors that determine psychologically healthy workplaces.


  • Executive Managers and Directors
  • People and Culture Managers
  • Human Resources Managers, Directors and GMs
  • Health and Safety Managers / Directors
  • People Leaders
  • Human Resources Business Partners

Places are limited. Book early to avoid disappointment.

Past participants have said:

"I highly recommend. This workshop gave me confidence when supporting people experiencing mental illness in the workplace, including stress and anxiety."

"The content was perfect for a group of people who have different levels of knowledge in this area."

"A very engaging workshop! Really developed my understanding that I will continue to use for the rest of my life."

"Really liked the exploration of mental health vs mental illness. I liked the mix of listening to Dougal, videos, group work, the characters and the workbook."

" Very good course, improved my confidence in my knowledge and added to it. Information very well presented."

Facilitated by:

Dr Dougal Sutherland

PhD, PGDipClinPsy, Ba(Hons), MnZCCP

Registered Clinical Psychologistless

1 in 5 employees are experiencing a mental health problem at any one time with stress, depression and anxiety contributing to... more

Attendee $1955.00
Price includes GST

Available 22 Jun 2020 - 14 Sep 2020

All prices in NZ dollars

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