Don't miss the free webinar series by Beyond Blue and Heads Up on workplace mental health using evidence-based research and current best practise trends.


A Beyond Blue hosted panel: Recharging your Wellbeing

This webinar brings blends real-life storytelling and experiences with best practice, giving a practical and uplifting approach to help re-motivate wellbeing.

Hear insights and stories from: 

  • Patrice O’Brien, Chief Community Officer, Beyond Blue;
  • Dr Karina Jorritsma, Professor of Practice, Future of Work Institute, Curtin University;
  • David Knoff, a former Antarctic station leader, on staying well through challenging times; and
  • Monica Das, a Beyond Blue speaker, on living with a mental health condition and staying well.

The webinar refers to a range of tools and resources, including the Thrive at Work for mental health at work and the Path Back from Social Isolation.

Mental Health online training course for small business advisers

In this webinar, Beyond Blue Workplace Engagement Manager Linda Sheahan and small business adviser and Beyond Blue Speaker Tim Hoopmann speak to Beyond Blue partner Go1 about the role intermediaries like accountants and other advisers can play in supporting small business owners with their mental health and wellbeing.

The webinar focuses on ‘Mental Wellbeing: Support Yourself and Small Businesses’, Beyond Blue’s new online training course for small business advisers and how this resource can assist to navigate these conversations as well as give you the tools to support your own mental wellbeing.

Mental health and retirement villages

The retirement village lifestyle is enormously enriching for many older Australians. The villages combine practical living spaces with a community atmosphere that allows residents to share time with others at a similar stage of life. 

In this webcast, Beyond Blue Lead Clinical Adviser, Dr Grant Blashki discusses:

  • The importance of good mental health for village managers and those who work at villages; and

  • the role village managers can play by helping to create an environment where resident’s mental health can flourish so they can enjoy fulfilling and rewarding lives. 

Watch the webcast below.

A tutorial on how to support small business owners

The presenters of this webinar will take you through how to use the Beyond Blue guide Supporting small business owners to improve their mental health and wellbeing at work – A guide for work contacts, friends and family. Covering real life scenarios, the presenters offer practical tips to help you make the most of the guide.

Presented by:

  • Greg Jennings, Head of Workplace, Beyond Blue
  • Tim Hoopmann, Owner, Spinn Business Solutions
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Workplace mental health strategies in action

Proactively promoting mental health is an opportunity for workplaces to improve productivity, attract and retain talented staff and achieves a positive return on investment.

Research has shown that an integrated strategy that includes promotion, protection and support is the most effective and sustainable approach.

Hear the experiences of two different organisations at varying points of their journey to improve mental health in their workplace.

Panellists include:

  • Michael O’Hanlon, Workplace Engagement Manager, Beyond Blue (Facilitator)
  • Gareth Gammon, Chief Operating Officer, Jirsch Sutherland Insolvency Solutions
  • Sarah Potts, General Manager Northern NSW / Sydney Operations Manager, Southern Cross Austereo

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Supporting someone with a mental health condition return or remain at work

There is considerable evidence that work is generally good for health and wellbeing, and that long-term work absence and unemployment can have a negative impact on health and wellbeing.

Through our engagement with workplaces, we often hear that this can be a challenge due to a lack of understanding about the best way to approach the situation.

In this webinar, hear from the perspective of a manager, employee and clinical advisor on how best to support someone with a mental health condition return or remain at work.

Panellists include:

  • Linda Sheahan, Workplace Engagement Manager, Beyond Blue (Facilitator)
  • Jo Farmer, employee
  • Dr Grant Blashki, Lead Clinical Advisor, Beyond Blue
  • Steve Schubert, manager

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Small business mental health – the role of work contacts, friends and family

Join us on this webinar and hear from industry leaders about how you can support small business owners’ mental health. Beyond Blue has been working with intermediary organisations to develop resources for small business advisors to help them to support their clients and customers with their mental health and wellbeing. We’ll cover how you can help and what resources are available to assist you in providing this support.

Panellists include:

  • Patrice O’Brien, General Manager Workplace, Partnerships & Engagement, Beyond Blue (Facilitator)
  • Andrew Watson, Assistant Commissioner – Small Business Experience, Australian Taxation Office
  • David Gregory, Chief Executive Officer, Small Business Mentoring Service
  • Amanda Linton, Chief Executive Officer, Institute of Certified Bookkeepers
  • Tim Hoopmann, Small Business Owner, Spinn Business Solutions

These industry leaders will discuss how people who work in a service or advisory role to small business can play a powerful role in promoting, protecting and supporting the mental health of their small business clients and customers. 

“It’s not about becoming counsellor or clinician but it’s about having the knowledge and the skills to recognise when someone might be struggling with their mental health. It’s about knowing how to manage and have a difficult conversation with someone who might be going through a difficult time and it’s about knowing what supports and resources you can direct them to, to help them get the support that they need. But it’s also importantly about setting boundaries and looking after yourself.”

Rewatch the webinar below. 


For more information on Beyond Blue’s Small Business Program or to download a copy of the resource click here


Answering the call key findings

Following the launch of the results from the National Mental Health and Wellbeing Study of Police and Emergency Services, Answering the call, this webinar outlines key findings as a complimentary resource to the National Report. The webinar is delivered by:

James Maskey, National Engagement Manager, Police and Emergency Services, Beyond Blue.

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David Lawrence, Principal Research Fellow, Graduate School of Education, University of Western Australia.

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Rewatch the webinar below.


Visit Beyond Blue’s Police and Emergency Services Program page for more information.




Workplace mental health awareness

This webinar aims to increase participants' awareness and understanding of depression and anxiety including understanding mental health risk and protective factors in the workplace, strategies to look after yourself and information on support and resources available.


Delivered by Liz Tobin, Workplace Health and Wellbeing Facilitator, Executive Coach and Consultant.

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Supporting staff and colleagues

This webinar outlines tips for having a conversation with someone at work you may be concerned about, supporting an employee’s or a colleague’s recovery at work, and information to know what supports and resources are available for staff and how to access them for the workplace.


Delivered by Liz Tobin, Workplace Health and Wellbeing Facilitator, Executive Coach and Consultant.

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How to run a Mental Health Toolbox Talk training session in your workplace

Do you want to run an engaging Toolbox Talk session on mental health in your workplace?

Beyond Blue's ‘Mental health in the workplace’ Toolbox Talk training package provides workplaces with free resources to equip team leaders, or anyone managing staff, with the skills and confidence to encourage conversations about mental health in the workplace, reduce stigma and support staff experiencing a mental health condition.


Catherine Doherty, from the Workplace Engagement team at Beyond Blue, gives an overview of the ‘Mental health in the workplace’ Toolbox Talk training package in this webinar, so you can better understand how it works and what’s involved.

Catherine Doherty

Mardi Webber, from ReturnToWorkSA, joins Catherine to share tips and considerations and answer any questions, so that you can learn from her experience in delivering the Toolbox Talk training, and training others on how to deliver it.

Mardi Webber

These Toolbox Talks are useful for every workplace – not just for those that use tools! A Toolbox talk is defined as any team meeting or gathering with a workplace team. You don’t need to be a mental health expert to run the training in your workplace either.

You can be a HR professional, Return to Work Coordinator, Occupational Health and Safety Advisor, a workplace educator or a workplace champion who wants to make a difference. No matter your role, we encourage you to check out this webinar and learn how to run a Toolbox Talk session in your workplace.

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Developing a plan and taking action on workplace mental health

When considering the mental health of your workplace, it is important that an organisation takes an approach that suits its specific needs and priorities.

In developing your plan, evidence shows that taking an integrated approach leads to the greater benefits. In this context, an ‘integrated approach’ is about everyone in the workplace. It focuses on three components:

  • promoting the positives of work and wellbeing
  • protecting the mental health of all staff, and
  • supporting staff with mental health conditions.

Linking to the integrated approach, Mark Leopold from the Workplace Engagement team at Beyond Blue provides practical guidance to assist in identifying, prioritising and implementing actions that you can undertake in your workplace.

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Mark Leopold



Developing a mental health strategy for your workplace

Developing strategies for a healthy workplace provides a framework for your workplace to promote mental wellbeing, minimise workplace risks to mental health, support people experiencing mental health issues and reduce stigma associated with mental health conditions. Every workplace is unique, so your approach needs to be tailored to fit your workplace.


Rachel Komen, Workplace Project Manager for Be You, outlines the steps involved in developing a workplace mental health strategy, including the critical success factors that will assist in developing a successful strategy, and discuss how the Heads Up website can help.

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Better mental health at work – why it matters?

Healthy workplaces promote mental health and wellbeing. They are positive and productive and get the best out of everyone in the workplace. Businesses that care about good mental health and wellbeing attract and keep top talent because they’re great places to work. The facts are clear – as well as benefiting employees, a mentally healthy workplace is also better for your bottom line.

Pippa Rose, Workplace Implementation Manager for Be You, discusses the importance of mentally healthy workplaces, the business case for taking action and examples of free resources available through the Heads Up website. 

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Pippa Rose



Other webinars

Emotionally challenging work – managing the risk webinar

Watch Worksafe Queensland's Emotionally challenging work – managing the risk webinar about building and maintaining mentally healthy workplaces, which promote and support positive mental health and minimise the risk of psychological injury, featuring Beyond Blue's Police & emergency Services Engagement Manager, Rob Heaslip.

Workplace bullying and mental health

Watch Worksafe Queensland’s Workplace bullying and mental health webinar, in which Beyond Blue's Workplace Engagement Manager, Michael O’Hanlon, introduces the topic of workplace bullying and the barriers workers are faced with when returning to work.

Workplace violence and mental health

Watch Worksafe Queensland’s Workplace violence and mental health webinar, in which Beyond Blue's Workplace Engagement Manager, Michael O’Hanlon, introduces the topic of workplace violence and the effects it has in the workplace and for workers returning to work.

Reasonable Adjustments & Mental Health Conditions

With one in five workers likely to experience a mental health condition at any time (whether resulting from a workplace injury or not), it is important that businesses have a strategy to support these workers and help them return to work.

Watch Worksafe Queensland’s Reasonable Adjustments & Mental Health Conditions webinar, in which Beyond Blue’s Workplace Engagement Manager, Michael O’Hanlon delivers practical recommendations of reasonable adjustments that businesses can make to support a worker with a psychological injury.




Small Biz Matters: Mental Health Awareness – How to pick yourself and dust yourself off in the bad times

Tim Hoopmann, Founder of Spinn Business Solutions and Beyond Blue Speaker and Patrice O’Brien, General Manager Workplace, Partnerships & Engagement at Beyond Blue, share where you can get help and what to do if you’re in a position to help other small business owners.

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Talking heads: two CEOs on leading and managing mental health

Hear two workplace leaders bare their soul in the name of overcoming stigma around mental health in the workplace, with expert advice from Beyond Blue’s Patrice O’Brien, as part of the Diversity Council of Australia’s (DCA) podcast series.

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ATO podcasts – Mental health support

Listen to Beyond Blue’s Patrice O'Brien and Tax professional Amanda Linton as they discuss the importance of recognising the signs and symptoms of mental health concerns, and the ways ATO can help support tax professionals and their clients through the tough times.

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Better Business Podcasts: Creating Mentally Healthy Workplaces

The Better Business Podcast by Employsure tackles the big issues in small business. Hear Beyond Blue’s Patrice O’Brien discuss mental health and how it applies to small business owners.

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Creating mentally healthy workplaces – for small businesses

Hear Beyond Blue's Nick Arvanitis speak on what small businesses can do to create a mentally healthy workplace, as well as give tips on how small business owners can take care of their mental health and that of their staff's.

Download for free via the links below.



Mentally healthy workplaces – for rural and remote areas

Listen to the Centre for Rural and Remote Mental Health (CRRMH) ‘Mentally Healthy Workplaces’ podcast (as part of the ‘Let’s Talk’ series), featuring Beyond Blue's Nick Arvanitis:

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