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Mental health recovery @ work

We are developing projects that help people with mental health recovery at work.

We are calling this the recovery @ work program. Get involved and help us better support mental health recovery at work.

recovery @ work program

Under the recovery @ work program, which forms part of the NSW Governments Mentally Healthy Workplaces Strategy, we are running three projects to support mental health recovery in the workplace.

1. recovery @ work toolkit

We're building a recovery @ work toolkit. The toolkit is built around two important actions: talking and planning. The toolkit includes simple tools from Beyond Blue and R U Ok?, tailored to mental health in the workplace. You can get involved and have your say on what should be included in the toolkit. Fill in this short survey or email us: recoveryatworksupport@sira.nsw.gov.au.

2. recovery @ work reference group

People with lived experience of mental health recovery are key to driving better outcomes by participating, influencing and leading mental health initiatives. The reference group will support the development our recovery @ work program.

The reference group will:

  • be co-chaired by a person with lived experience of workplace mental health recovery and a person representing workplace leaders
  • include people with diverse experiences and a range of perspectives, including:
    • people with lived experience of mental health recovery at work
    • people working in and representing various industries
    • people who live in different parts of NSW
    • people of various ages, genders and cultural identities
  • take a collaborative approach, to help define and develop a clearer picture of recovery at work and how it can be improved
  • help develop and implement the program by sharing personal expertise as well as seeking feedback and support from networks
  • meet approximately six times per year, usually in Sydney, although video-conferencing is available.

For more information email: recoveryatworksupport@sira.nsw.gov.au.

3. Recovery boost program

The recovery boost program aims to inspire innovative solutions to improve recovery at work outcomes. Funding of up to $50,000 is available to support projects that work toward reducing stigma, encouraging people to seek help early, and improving recovery at work.

Results from Round 1 of Recovery Boost

Congratulations to the winners of Round 1:

  • St Luke’s Preschool Dapto for a therapy dog to use in community outreach, staff training and positive mental health program for children.
  • NSW Police Force for a trauma-focused yoga program for police officers and recruits.
  • Mind Blank for an online interactive theatre providing mental health support to managers, supervisors and employees.

If your organisation has an innovative mental health recovery at work idea, get in touch with the Recovery Boost team to register your interest in upcoming opportunities.

Expressions of interest for round two are now open and close on the 6th August.

Mental health research

As part of the recovery @ work program, we have partnered with Monash University to:

For more information, email recoveryatworksupport@sira.nsw.gov.au.