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Join in the activities on Uni Mental Health and Wellbeing Day! Come along to our NTEU Newcastle Info Stall for staff Tues 20th Oct11-2pm, Oval 4, Callaghan

Posted 15 October 2015 by Jenny Whittard (University of Newcastle)

As members may be aware the second Australia and NZ University Mental Health and Well-Being Day is on next week on Tuesday 20th October.

UoN along with many other Universities are participating on this and other days in October for mental health month.

There are a range of activities focussing on mental health and well-being for students and staff across all campuses. Visit http://www.newcastle.edu.au/events/current-staff/university-mental-health-day to find out more and share the link.

NTEU applauds these initiatives at UoN which are seeking to raise both awareness and action around a major and growing community concern.

 

NTEU will have a stall at the UoN Health Fair Callaghan: Details below -  We hope you will join us!  

Tuesday 20th October, 11am–2pm

Visit the NTEU stall at the UoN Health Fair, Oval 4, Callaghan

Full UoN event activities list at http://www.newcastle.edu.au/events/current-staff/university-mental-health-day

 

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NTEU Uni Mental Health Day Stall Oct 20th 11-2pm

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Why does this matter?

Mental health experts anticipate that 1 in 5  employees are likely to be experiencing a mental health condition at any given time.  It has been widely recognised that mental health has become an increasing issue across all workplaces with major impacts on productivity, workplace relations and retention of employees.

NTEU fought hard to progress major new initiatives on mental health into your UoN enterprise agreements. We have sought to identify both structural and workplace factors compounding issues of mental health while ensuring those who experience it, are supported and free of any negative stigmatisation. Your UoN agreements contain ground-breaking provisions in a number of areas but in particular on mental health and well-being. While NTEU did not obtain the full suite of claims sought, the agreed provisions represent a significant and progressive first step aimed at:

  • The creation of workplaces which are not exacerbating mental health problems;
  • Support and assistance to members who may be dealing with mental health issues;
  • Union participation on the Psychological Health Working Group established to progress strategies for a mentally healthy workplace.

NTEU has also recently participated in the work of the UoN Psychological Health Working Party in providing feedback on the proposed UoN Workforce Mental Health Plan.   Feedback on the plan is still open for ongoing comment from staff – You can view the plan and provide feedback here.

You can also visit our NTEU stall and share your ideas for what would make for a mentally healthy Workplace at UoN! 


Additonal Resources 

Beyond Blue Immediate Help and Support 24hours a day/7 days a week– 1300 22 4636

https://www.beyondblue.org.au/get-support/get-immediate-support

Lifeline 13 11 14

www.beyondblue.org.au/workplace Programmes designed for managers to address mental health in the workplace 

www.headsup.org.au Interactive tools and resources to tailor organisational response

 www.ozhelp.org.au Workplace early intervention and suicide prevention programme

NTEU Advice and Support link  http://www.nteu.org.au/newcastle/advice

http://www.nteu.org.au/newcastle/advice

 The University of Newcastle’s Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is provided by Life Matters Psychology andNewPsych Psychologists.

For information on making an appointment, head to the University of Newcastle EAP page.

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