Bespoke Guides and Resources
What we do
Our guides and resources are designed to help organisations to ensure their mental health and wellbeing content is as effective as it can be in supporting the wellbeing of their people and/or clients.
Career Transition Series
Many of us will experience career transitions in our lifetime – whether it is having a baby or a career change, managing a personal crisis, or retiring from the workforce altogether.
As an employer or manager, it can be hard to know how best to support someone during these times of career transition.
The Career Transition Series provides workplaces with research-led and practical approaches. It shares the stories of organisations supporting their people through eight key transitions, highlights what has worked and relays lessons for others.
Entering the Workforce and Young Workers
Young people provide significant value to the workplace, but can be vulnerable to a range of mental health and wellbeing challenges. Positive early experiences at work can be a protective factor to help develop resilience and the ability to adapt to challenges at work and improve longer-term mental health and wellbeing outcomes.
Learning to Lead
The transition from ‘mate to manager’ is not an easy one. New leaders or managers can experience a range of individual challenges at this time, from imposter syndrome to identity changes and decision fatigue to difficulty managing their work relationships. These challenges can have costly implications for organisations if leaders and managers are not supported to do their best work. Supporting new leaders through this time can promote and protect their mental health and wellbeing during this transition, setting them up to thrive.
Parenting and Caring
The transitions that parents and carers must navigate represent some of the most significant moments in their working life. Changes associated with these transitions require huge shifts emotionally and mentally. Supporting parents and carers to consciously navigate the caring journey can provide them with strategies that will support them through future transitions, helping them to manage the intersection between life and work over their entire working lives.
Redundancy and Career Change
Career changes can arise due to involuntary job loss like redundancies or workplace changes, or self-directed changes. Those who have career change forced upon them, due to their role being made redundant, can often feel a loss of control and struggle to re-engage in new career pathways without career advice and support to guide them. It’s important for organisations to shift their practices to understand, support and respond to these transitions.
Common physical and mental health symptoms in health-related transitions present workers with extra challenges in doing their job well. Poor work environments, where people have limited support or experience discrimination and a lack of job security, can negatively impact their return-to-work experiences.
The decisions to relocate are often associated with age and key life events (e.g. educational or career opportunities or entering the labour market), and seeking to improve personal and financial opportunities, whether in Australia or overseas. One of the key indicators of successful relocation is organisational support. So, it is important for organisations to have support and tools in place to assist employees.
Crises and Career Shocks
Career shocks and unanticipated events, such as the death of a loved one, divorce or separation, working or personal crises, or natural disasters can cause significant distress. They cannot be prepared for and, even when known, the effects are often unanticipated. As with all transitions, ensuring person-centred care and tailored support during this time is critical.
Late Career and Retirement
As the population ages, many older workers look forward to their late career and retirement, however each experience can be different and there are a range of mental health risks. Organisations that understand and support individuals through this life phase may see a range of benefits, including higher staff motivation and engagement, better transfer of knowledge to colleagues, fewer injuries at work and a good reputation post-exit.
Engaging Lived Experience Guides
Using lived experience in your workplace engagement initiatives and strategies can be highly impactful.
However, it’s important to understand how to manage this process well. When used together, these resources will help guide best practice for anyone engaging lived experience individuals in their workplace initiatives.
A Guide for Engaging with Lived Experience of Mental Health
Designed for organisations who wish to engage with lived experience individuals to inform the design and delivery of programs related to mental health, this guide will help you engage in lived experience in a safe, effective and authentic way.
A Guide to Sharing Your Story with Others
Designed for individuals with lived mental health experience who choose to share their stories, this guide will help individuals take steps to protect their own mental health and wellbeing, while guiding them through how best to share their lived experience stories.
A Guide to Building an Impactful and Meaningful Mental Health Lived Experience Campaign
Designed to support marketing, communications and staff building campaigns, this guide will walk you through the best practice steps you need to take to ensure you both protect the reputation of your organisation, and the wellbeing of those sharing their stories with you and your audience.