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Psychological Health and Safety

The Work Health and Safety Act requires that we implement all reasonable steps to ensure the care for health and well-being of our workforce includes supporting their psychological health. Such steps should be integrated through effective work design, workplace culture and environmental engineering.

Response to Suicidal Ideation

Psychological health and safety has been emerging in recent years as a critical consideration for not only injury management and workforce retention, but is recognised as underpinning performance and economic growth.

Frequently, professionals and Leaders (like you) have been appointed to positions of management because they are excellent in the technical aspects of the work and achieving great results. They may not, however, feel as capable in other areas important to being an effective leader, including the intricate details of Work Health and Safety. Sometimes people are able to make do, while other times, they see that they want to take their career and leadership to the next level.

For many organisations (and Leaders alike), gaps in knowledge cause significant anxiety and are often deferred to Safety Professionals (who are also essential in some situations), to focus on the basics of physical health and safety rather than explicitly addressing psychological health and safety. Secondly, any safety professional can’t create a psychologically safe culture on their own. They need you to understand what that looks like and how you can nurture that within your team!

With short, targeted training packages, we seek to empower you to lead the workforce into taking meaningful action towards a workforce culture that celebrate diversity, ‘flex’ (powerful opportunities for individual and team growth) and ultimately deliver psychologically healthy and safe workplace communities.

We also have amazing online targeted training for the workforce, that explains their essential role in bridging the gap between a good workforce and a workforce with real influence and power!

See our online courses below

  • Psychological Health and Safety 101
  • Psychological Health and Safety for Leaders
  • Psychological Health and Safety for the Suicide Prevention Workforce

Online Training

Psychological Health and Safety 101

The first in a series of training programs to create change in your psychosocial safety scene. Ask yourself;

  • Do you need clarity to understand Work Health and Safety from the perspective of psychosocial hazard identification and management?
  • Are you wondering what to do if you can’t eliminate, substitute or engineer psychosocial hazards (such as trauma or aggression) out of the workplace?
  • Do you feel confused by references to creating a culture of psychological safety versus psychological health and safety?
  • Have you looked through all the guidance material on psychological injury prevention and WHS standards and thought – what am I missing?

Our online, fully supported training will empower you navigate these murky waters, with six modules packed with resources and guidance materials that will answer these very questions. The structured 6 week program is fully supported with 6 live sessions and Q&A.

Module 1  Introduction to Psychological Health and Safety
Module 2 Identifying Psychosocial Hazards
Module 3 Psychosocial Hazard Control
Module 4 Psychological Injury
Module 5 The Psychosocial Safety Lifecycle – revitalising a fatigued career or worker
Module 6 Data driven outcomes and monitoring a psychologically safe work culture

This is a pre-requisite course to Psychological Health and Safety for the Suicide Prevention Workforce


Psychological Health and Safety for Leaders

  • Do you question whether you are discriminating against someone working for you in allocating (or not allocating) some tasks because they have disclosed mental health problem?
  • Do you know how to make reasonable adjustments for someone with a pre-existing mental health challenge?
  • What should you expect from a treatment provider (and possibly an Occupational Rehabilitation Provider) in terms of guidance in facilitating a successful return to work following a mental health challenge?
  • Do you become overwhelmed with anxiety when you want to performance manage someone, but worry that to do so is creating a risk to their health and safety?

Let us take you through our online, fully supported training that understands that while you may know a little about Work Health and Safety, you may not have been trained in principles of psychological health and safety. This structured 6 week program is fully supported with live sessions and Q&A.


Module 1 Recruiting for Psychological Health and Safety
Module 2 Effective Leadership and Psychological Safety
Module 3 Psychosocial Hazards and Early Intervention
Module 4 Treatment and Support – what the evidence says
Module 5 The Role of Personal Responsibility
Module 6 Creating Comfort in Uncomfortable Conversations



Care and Admire

Psychological Health and Safety for the Suicide Prevention Workforce

There are so many factors to think about when we work to design psychologically healthy and safe workplaces. Anyone entering professions where they know they are likely to hear stories of pain and hardship, are typically hoping to help others find comfort and support. It could be argued that for the suicide prevention workforce, that is even more the case. Evidence suggests that compassionate, empathic individuals may experience greater negative psychological consequences than their counterparts, when working with suicidality. So what does it mean for this unique workforce? Currently, there are significant gaps in the data that allows us to understand the kinds of trauma exposures that cause us greatest difficulty, however, SRAA believe that while waiting for that to be captured, there are some actions we can take to support our workforce.

This online training has been specifically designed in acknowledgement of the high work demands of caring for people that experience suicidality. We seek to extend your existing knowledge on psychological health and safety, through specifically challenging employers to look at how to design duties with the employee in mind. Whether they are a new recruit, or Human Resource, a Peer Worker or a sage that has been around the traps, there are psychosocial hazards that are unique to the individual, where we have devised a model and strategy to support employers understand their combined responsibilities. While not exhaustive, this intensive six week structured program is fully supported with 6 weekly live sessions and Q&A.

Module 1  Trauma exposure and workplace psychological injury
Module 2 Developing an effective Safety Briefing strategy in suicide prevention
Module 3 A ‘Just Culture’ – the difference between an error and a learning opportunity
Module 4 Industry and professional standards in suicide care; an introduction
Module 5 Employer versus Employee responsibility – genuine consultation is key
Module 6 The Psycho-social Safety Lifecycle in Suicide Prevention

Additional information and resources can be developed or explored during our live sessions.


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