The NSW Government are currently developing a state wide Mentally healthy workplaces in NSW 2022 Strategy (Strategy) and work program to support and enable employers and workers to create mentally healthy workplaces.
WayAhead Workplaces in the Media
Sharon's expertise featured in this article on Smart Company written by Freya Hunter
"I’ve reached out a to a few awesome entrepreneurs and mental health experts in the industry to hear about some of the strategies they use to manage their mental health. I’ve also thrown in a few of my own tips and tricks that have helped me along the way, to keep the beast at bay."
Sharon Leadbetter, WayAhead Workplaces Coordinator, recently spoke to Prime7
Sharon's comments were regarding a new strategy announced by NSW Minister for Innovation and Better Regulation, Matt Kean, to support better mental health in the workplace.
The Living well @ work event was hosted in 2016 by the Mental Health Commission of NSW as part of ongoing efforts to break down stigma and discrimination surrounding mental illness. The community forum was facilitated by ABC journalist Natasha Mitchell.
On the panel were WayAhead Workplaces members and speakers, Dr Sam Harvey (UNSW and Black Dog Institute), Rachel Clements (Centre for Corporate Health), Megan Kingham (Optus) and John Canning (King & Wood Mallesons).
WayAhead Workplaces (WHPN then) feature specifically in the Mental Health Commission New South Wales strategy document "Living Well"
In most workplaces, physical and mental health are viewed as separate areas of concern and the focus is very much on physical health and safety. This needs to be expanded so that practices that promote mental health and wellbeing are as embedded in workplace culture as those that surround physical health and safety.