Empowering thriving industries through mental health and wellbeing training.
Of all age groups, young people have the highest rates of mental-ill health, highlighting an urgent need for a new and engaging approach to mental health training for teachers and tertiary sector workers who work closely with the younger generation of Australians. In response to this need, ConnectedLE has developed a quality online mental health training for teachers and residential colleges, made by educators for educators.
Our passionate co-founders, Dr Kylie Armstrong and Nicole Evans have a strong track record as secondary and tertiary educators and have worked across both education and health sectors. Their depth of knowledge and experience lends itself to delivering content that is targeted at key learning outcomes through the use of real-life storytelling, providing learners with an engaging and effective learning experience.
Developing mental-ill health at a young age can have a significant impact on the potential of young people to live fulfilling, happy and productive lives
Current training has generally not equipped school staff with the practical skills to identify mental health risks or respond effectively
A lack of engaging delivery methods and poor re-engagement with online eLearning material leaves educators with skill gaps in competency levels
Why invest in mental health courses for schools and universities?
By investing in mental health courses, schools and universities equip their staff and college residential assistants (RAs) with the critical skills and confidence to positively deal with challenging situations, leading to more resilient, mentally healthier classrooms and colleges where individuals thrive.
Teachers, support staff and residential college student leaders and staff will also have access to learning material and video ‘recaps’ for 12 months, providing additional support to reinforce learning outcomes to support self-care and better manage psychological risks and help-seeking behaviour through care conversations.
- 40% of 16-24 year old’s reported experiencing anxiety, depression or substance use disorder and reported high rates of psychological distress with this
- 14% of children aged 4 – 11 years old are estimated to have a mental-ill health disorder
- The top three personal concerns for youth aged 15-19 experienced in the last year were school challenges (42%), mental health (28%) and relationship challenges (20%)
ABS (2022). National Study of Mental Health and Wellbeing 2020-2021. Canberra.
Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2020) Australia’s Children: in Brief. Available here.
Mission Australia. Youth Survey Report (2022). Available here.
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Well trained health professionals bring a wealth of knowledge in knowing how to empower people to access services and treatments that are right for them.
As outlined in the Australian Government’s Productivity Commission Inquiry Report into Mental Health (2020), more needs to be done to foster supportive work and training environments. By improving the competency levels of the healthcare workforce, they are equipped with the skills and increased confidence to offer timely support and clinical advice.
General Practitioners are often the first point of call for people experiencing mental-ill health
Creating a person-centred mental healthcare system where consumers are informed and have access to care pathways are fundamental health reform priorities
eMental health and online training is playing a key role in mental health solutions that reduce barriers to help-seeking and care
Why invest in mental health solutions for healthcare workers?
Some of the most prevalent issues facing healthcare workers and mental health service consumers today include the stigma attached to mental health, mal-distribution of the workforce, and a lack of cultural support.
By empowering our healthcare workforce with an accessible accredited mental health course that builds the knowledge, skills and confidence to competently support themselves and others, we’re actively supporting a mentally healthier Australia.
- Every year nearly 20 million General Practitioner consultations are for mental health
- Building health literacy of consumers and pathways to care opens up access to the right care in the right place by the right person
- Research highlights the effectiveness and acceptability of customised video-based education in increasing knowledge, particularly where they draw on lived experience insights
Poor social and emotional wellbeing can affect anyone at any stage of life. With almost half of our population experiencing poor mental health outcomes in their lifetime, employee wellbeing has become an increasing priority in Australian workplaces.
In order to help people and businesses thrive, a new approach to employee wellbeing training is paramount for reducing workplace stress, minimising the costs of employee absence and high turnover rates and nurturing a more resilient and mentally healthy environment.
Anxiety, depression and substance abuse are the three most common mental health conditions in Australian workplaces
Changes to Workplace Health and Safety (WHS) legislation are on the horizon with recommendations that amendments be made to address psychological health and safety in a similar way to physical health and safety
Equipping workplaces to be mentally healthy can improve productivity and strengthen wellbeing
Why invest in employee wellbeing training?
There are significant links between employment and positive mental health, particularly in workplaces that nurture their employees’ social and emotional wellbeing. By establishing a more resilient, mentally healthy community, workplaces benefit from greater employee retention, improved productivity, minimised risks of health and safety compliance breaches, improved morale and a significant return on investment.
- For every $1 spent on employee wellbeing training workplaces receive an average $4.20 return on their investment
- Australian businesses that fail to promote prevention and early intervention mental health and wellbeing training costs the economy close to $6.5 billion each year
- 57% of Australian workers reported their workplaces did not implement any form of employee mental health or wellbeing training action
SuperFriend. Indicators of a Thriving Workplace Survey. National Report (2019). Available here.
Work Outcomes Research CostBenefit Project, preliminary data, MHCA media release (01/05/2007)
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COVID-19, the 2020 summer bushfire crisis and recent floods in Queensland and NSW has had a significant impact on the mental health and wellbeing of Australians and communities across the globe. As we continue to navigate through these uncertain times, Australians are experiencing heightened anxiety, stress, uncertainty and fear in their communities.
An individual’s personal experience such as trauma, violence, discrimination, social exclusion, cultural isolation, and elder abuse can impact their psychological health and wellbeing and are among some of the most challenging issues for individuals and vulnerable population groups.
COVID-19 and the 2020 Australian bushfires have resulted in ongoing health, social and economic uncertainty and subsequently an onslaught of demand for support from workers in Australia’s community sector
Multiple factors can adversely affect mental health including biological, environmental and social factors
Community workers who have access to quality mental and wellbeing health training resources are better equipped to respond to community needs
Why invest in an accredited mental health course?
In order to provide effective care for Australians, community members trained to support mental health and wellbeing will be better positioned to engage in care conversations and respond to community needs.
At ConnectedLE, we’ve tailored our mental health solutions to help community members build the knowledge and skills to confidently support connections with families and communities as a whole.
- People with pre-existing mental health conditions are more likely to experience significant emotional distress during a pandemic
- Poor mental health can affect all aspects of life including relationships, home life, schooling, work, and social interactions
- Peer workers are playing an increasingly important role, including advocating for the voice of lived experience
A large number of individuals are responsible for the growth and success of a corporation. In order to give these individuals the best chance of excelling in their careers, ultimately benefiting the corporation as a whole, they require a mentally healthy work environment that promotes kindness and supports care conversations.
Although mental-ill health can stem from a variety of factors outside of work, like lifestyle choices and relationships, workplaces can have a significant impact on the prevention and early intervention of mental-ill health.
Companies that invest in mental health and wellbeing training benefit from improved productivity and a reduction in absenteeism, presenteeism and compensation claims
Lack of appropriate managerial skills and managerial resistance to dealing with mental-ill health are a proven barrier to achieving thriving workplaces
Investing in preventative and early intervention mental-ill health mitigating strategies can reduce insurance premiums
Why invest in accredited mental health courses for your corporation?
According to Workplace Health and Safety laws, employers are legally required to ensure the physical and psychological safety of their workers in the workplace. Not only is it a legal requirement, but for Corporations that invest in corporate social responsibility and actively aim to reduce workplace stress stand to benefit financially over the long term and uphold a favourable reputation among their clientele.
High-demand jobs within fast-paced environments, which is typically the nature of most corporate careers, can contribute significantly to mental-ill health among employees. Without the support of preventative and early intervention actions, corporations can expect an increase of employee sick days, high employee turnover, increased operational costs and an adverse effect on the corporation as a whole.
- In Australia, mental ill-health costs the economy an estimated $43 – 70 billion each year.
- For every $1 spent on mental health and wellbeing training corporations receive an average $4.20 return on their investment
- 33% of people working in the financial and insurance sector report experiencing a mental health condition
Australian Government. Productivity Commission Inquiry Report into Mental Health (2020). Available here.
PwC. Creating a mentally healthy workplace. Return on investment analysis (2014). Available here.
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Promote social and emotional wellbeing in your organisation with an accredited mental health course that stands to benefit learners throughout their lifetime.