The impact of mental illness and alcohol and other drug use is felt far beyond the symptoms themselves – it has impact in the home, school, workplace and the community. Research shows that improving health and wellbeing is vital for creating meaningful individual and collective prosperity. That’s why we launched In:focus. A new suite of new initiatives for businesses to improve the wellbeing and engagement of their teams while supporting a local charity working to provide free services to those who need it most.
In:focus as an initiative of Drug ARM is sincere in its approach to help transform the lives of people experiencing mental health issues and substance dependency. We understand that each business has different needs and reasons for engaging with us and the options available for partnership are focused on your business outcomes and our focus to further Drug ARM’s mission.
With that in mind we have designed business-led programs that can be installed within any organisation meeting the criteria of learning and development, staff engagement, volunteering and corporate social responsibility.
We are also keen to encourage your leaders and human resources teams in supporting the workforce by connecting them to our specialist programs staff. Our library has a range of useful, free wellbeing resources and our free counselling programs are a great way to bolster existing employee assistance programs.
To find out more about programs for support and how you can become a corporate partner, please contact the In:focus corporate partnership team on 3620 8805 or fill in this contact form to discuss the ways we can connect with you.
Team Building with Purpose
The misinformation and stigma of mental health and related issues is a huge barrier for help seeking, preventing people from getting the support that they need. To address this important issue we have partnered with Team Building with Purpose to develop a bespoke volunteering session Mindful Motivators for our In:focus initiative. The session brings mental health in focus as well as associated topics such as stigma, burnout, stress and alcohol and other drugs. We are encouraging businesses to take on the challenge and volunteer their time to understand these issues, examine their attitudes and behaviours and pledge to act to reduce stigma and misinformation of mental health in their personal and professional lives.
Hosted by professional facilitators, Mindful Motivators is a 2 – 3 hour facilitated face to face or online workshop blending interactive, fast paced simulation exercises and thought provoking discussions. The session marries the best team building practices with corporate volunteering. This is a moment for corporate teams to take a break, connect, and do good in the community. Participants are taken on a journey of learning about these social issues and how Drug ARM is helping, while being challenged by professional facilitators to draw parallels to their own team environment through fun and engaging activities. The social outcomes of the session are increased awareness of mental health, alcohol, and other drug issues amongst participants. In addition 50% of the net profit from each event goes directly to Drug ARM programs.
- Virtual session, 2hrs, $2,500 plus GST (up to 30 people)
- Face to face, 3hrs, $2,950 plus GST (up to 30 people)
- Face to face, 3hrs, $3,250 plus GST (up to 50 people)
- Face to face, 3hrs, $4,500 plus GST (up to 100 people)
Pricing for larger groups confirmed on expression of interest.
Give Back Hustle
In partnership with Banana Life, Drug ARM has designed a purpose driven adventure game which can be delivered in Brisbane, the Gold Coast and the Sunshine Coast – the Give Back Hustle Game. The Give Back Hustle is a premiere experience for teams to learn about each other, build trust, form a real connection and gain a deeper understanding of social issues in their community.
The Give Back Hustle is a creative urban adventure game that takes place over the course of about two hours, in your case within about a 5-block radius of your office. The event starts with an introduction and ends with an interactive judging presentation of the photos and videos taken during the game, during which everyone votes and prizes are presented. There are some 15 mission types, which fall into 4 main categories – photo submissions, video submissions, trivia responses and inter-team challenges. The game is also sprinkled with actors which will be spread across your game zone and will give teams the feeling that anyone is ‘in’ on the action. This is more than a treasure hunt. It’s a purposeful and interactive team building initiative like no other.
The Give Back Hustle is a powerful initiative that blends purpose with team building, supports Drug ARM programs with a percentage of the participant fee, and creates an opportunity for learning and development to run parallel with social responsibility.
- Each team will need to supply one smartphone.
- 4-5 team members per team are ideal.
- Gameplay lasts for 1.5 hours.
- Bandanas and logins are supplied.
Each Give Back Hustle is a custombuilt game designed for your team, location and group size.
- 20 – 29 Players $2,800 incl GST
- 30 – 39 Players $3,500 incl GST
- 40 – 49 Players $4,400 incl GST
Where a corporate organisation wishes to inform its people and learn more about mental health, alcohol, and other drugs, a subject matter speaker can be hired to participate in a lunch and learn forum or similar to bring these issues in focus. These sessions help to develop employee soft skills such as interpersonal communication and listening specific to these social issues.
Wellbeing workshops build healthy work environments, and confidence for workers in supporting colleagues, customers and their own personal connections with mental health issues (including associated alcohol and other drug use). At Drug ARM, we pride ourselves on an interactive learning environment with quality trainers that are also managers, counsellors, community workers and specialists. This means we are able to align our delivery method with your needs and the outcomes you are seeking. Our facilitators and trainers have extensive experience in a variety of industry sectors including mental health, community services, alcohol and other drugs, education and business.
mental health explore
In this course we cover:
- The potential risk factors and warning signs for a range of mental health problems
- An understanding of the prevalence of various mental health disorders in Australia
- The myths and misconceptions
- Steps you can take to assess the situation and implement appropriate interventions
- How to de-escalate uncooperative behaviour
- The importance of healthy boundaries
- How to take care of your own self-care
- Useful resources and support
Specialist presenter, 2hrs
$1,200 + GST
Pricing is estimated on a group of 30 participants
As a business I’ve supported Drug ARM for more than five years now, the teams at Drug ARM are the real deal! They are changing lives every day in communities that society can find easy to forget. These social products they are bringing to market are designed for business’ and are a great reflection on how they innovate to do more, give more and help more. If you are in a position to, I’d really recommend working with an partnering with Drug ARM.
Ryan McCann, First National Real Estate Cleveland
mental health in the workplace
Mental health is an important part of overall individual and community health and wellbeing (WHO 2013). While Australian organisations and communities are more aware of mental health conditions and the impact they have on our workforce and our nation, they do not feel equipped to respond. Mental health issues are very common with around 1 in 4 people experiencing an issue at any given time. We spend time and effort to learn first aid skills, but statistically you are more likely to encounter someone with a mental illness than someone having a heart attack.
The latest statistical information from Beyond Blue shows that:
- One quarter of Australians will experience an anxiety condition in their lifetime.
- One in seven Australians will experience depression in their lifetime.
- Support-seeking appears to be growing at a rapid rate, with around half of all people with a condition now getting treatment.
- Ninety-one per cent of employees believe mental health in the workplace is important. However, only 52 percent of employees believe their workplace is mentally healthy.
- Businesses receive an average return on investment of $2.30 for every $1 they invest in effective workplace mental health strategies, making investing in mental health a win-win situation for employers and employees.
- Almost fifty per cent of employees have left a workplace due to a poor mental health environment, while 60% of employees working in a mentally healthy workplace were more committed to their job.
- Seventy-one percent organisational leaders believe leaders are committed to promoting the mental health of staff, but only 37 per cent of employees believe that this is the case.
- One in five Australians (21%) have taken time off work in the past 12 months because they felt stressed, anxious, depressed or mentally unhealthy.
- The median workers’ compensation payment for mental health-related claims was $24,500 compared to $9,200 across all claim types between the 2008 and 2015 financial years.
Our In:focus initiatives provide support for teams looking at implementing and improving mental health policies, training and resources to support staff, managers and leaders. We also provide helpful additional free online and physical resources to help increase understanding of mental health in the workplace as well as practical strategies to improve psychological safety at work.
Please find below a curated collection of information from our library on work-related mental health issues (psychological injuries), organisational policies, leadership, and supporting resources for businesses.
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