Possible Actions for a Health and Wellbeing Plan
|Mental Health Activities||Physical Health Activities|
|Providing mental health training for staff such as the Standard Mental Health First Aid course which explains how to provide initial support to adults who are developing a mental illness or experiencing a mental health crisis.||Relaxation activities during lunch breaks or meal breaks including yoga, meditation and relaxation techniques.|
|Make mental health information available to staff via noticeboards, email and/or intranet.||Health checks and preventative actions such as health risk assessments, skin checks, smoking cessation, diabetes checks and flu vaccinations offered to staff.|
|Encourage staff groups to actively support mental health initiatives such as R U OK Day, Go Home On Time Day and World Mental Health Day.||Sport and fitness activities either lead by staff or arranged through local sporting clubs and council’s leisure centres.|
|Actively promote council’s Employee Assistance Program (EAP) and its benefits and provide information about telephone support services such as LifeLine.||Lunch break or meal break information sessions on healthy eating, nutrition, drugs and alcohol.|
|Arrange for someone to share their experience of a mental health condition and recovery such as a beyondblue ambassador or using one of the beyondblue on-line resources.||
Council sporting teams supported by the organisation to facilitate participation in competitions with other organisations.
|Provide training and/or self-learning resources to managers to assist them to know how to talk openly and in an informed way about mental health and mental illness.||
Teaching office exercises that provide standing and moving breaks.
|Arrange for line managers to present to their staff on what the council does to eliminate bullying, harassment or discrimination.||Visiting health professionals such as chiropractors, massage therapists, exercise physiologists and alternative health service providers to offer consultations to staff.|
|Talk openly about mental health in the workplace at staff meetings and toolbox talks.||
Implement employee challenges around physical activity such as 10,000 paces a day and provide or lend out pedometers or activity trackers
|Provide information and resources to managers/supervisors to enable them to be able to intervene if they are concerned about a staff member’s mental health.||Promote walking or standing meetings and use of stairs to discourage too much inactive sitting.|
Promote council’s policies and procedures which allow staff to make complaints about another’s behaviour or raise concerns about a matter of fairness in a safe and confidential manner.
|Map out local healthier food outlets and encourage walking to these to buy food.|
|Provide training and skill development opportunities in the areas of conflict management, developing resilience and team cohesion, emotional intelligence, stress management, change management and self-awareness.||Encourage active family-friendly events for staff for after work or on weekends.|
|Managers/supervisors present information to staff on the ways they can look after their own mental health at work and support others.||Make undertaking physical activity easy by having changerooms, showers and lockers readily available at workplaces.|
|Promote council’s policies and procedures for flexibly supporting staff who need work adjustments or are returning to work after an absence due to a mental health condition.||Use council’s intranet, email, notice boards and newsletter to provide information about wellbeing activities and topics.|
Promote the taking of lunch and meal breaks combined with activities such as chess or other thinking games to ensure a break from thinking about work.
|Engaging a guest motivational speaker on exercise and fitness.|
For further ideas about mental and physical activities that could be included in a health and wellbeing program, review the document Healthy Workplace Activities at a Glance (PDF. 563KB) or explore the website Heads Up.