Mentally Healthy Work Hub
The GHSL has developed a 2023-2024 Programme plan for Mentally Healthy Work. This outlines our overarching goal of supporting public sector leaders and practitioners to be motivated and equipped to create mentally healthy work and workplaces where workers are psychologically protected and their wellbeing is prioritised. The 203/24 programme has a strong focus on building capability across several tiers, including practitioners, H&S and HR managers, and senior leaders. This recognises that mentally healthy work is created and enabled across several layers of an agency and that core capability across these layers is an essential first step. The key objectives are:
- practitioners have sufficient knowledge and capability to apply good practice to their work
- H&S and HR Managers understand the desired system components and can lead and support practitioners
- senior leaders enable and drive the required system-level changes for a mentally healthy workplace and work
The Mentally Healthy Work (MHW) Development Programme is a capability-build programme to lift psychological health and safety capability across the public sector. The focus of the programme is to build core literacy and equip agencies with sufficient knowledge and understanding to apply to their work. The Programme recognises that effective psychological health and safety risk management requires multiple levels of an organisation to be aligned and committed. Therefore, the programme has three key streams:
- practitioners (in partnership with Massey University)
- Heads of H&S, Wellbeing and HR (in partnership with FlourishDx)
- Chief Executives and Tier Two Leaders (in partnership with FlourishDx)
The Mentally Healthy Work Practitioners' Community of Practice is a forum for practitioners who lead or support their agency's efforts relating to psychosocial risk management/mentally healthy work. This is a forum to share challenges, ideas, and insights from your work and discuss current thinking in the field / concepts learnt from the Mentally Healthy Work Development Programme.
The GHSL has a number of guidance tools to support agencies and will be releasing further (more targeted) resources later this year. This includes what a good 'system' consists of to enable mentally healthy work, tools and resources for workers and managers, and case studies from other agencies. Please feel free to get in touch and let us what resources and tools would be helpful for your agency.
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