Mental Health Essentials Program

A program looking to make a difference to the mental health and wellbeing of Victorian workers with funding received from the WorkWell Mental Health Improvement Fund.

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A Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry's (VCCI) Program

The Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry's (VCCI) Mental Health Essentials Program provides practical support and education initiatives to help Victorian employers improve mental health in their workplaces.

About the program

Focussing on small to medium-sized businesses who employ a significant number of young* workers (*under 25), the comprehensive program will help employers better understand mental health risks and improve their workplace practices to prevent harm, educate and support their workforce. Delivered over three years, the Mental Health Essentials Program will include:

  • information forums – to be delivered in metro and regional Victoria
  • the delivery of the Workplace Improvement Program– which involves conducting two workplace visits per participating business, developing a tailored mental health action plan based on the WorkWell Toolkit and delivering onsite mental health training for up to 9,000 leaders and employees
  • the development of practical business resources – for dissemination to workplaces and to support ongoing improvements
  • the collection and analysis of extensive data to further inform this and future activities.

Importantly, this initiative leverages VCCI's extensive work with young people, including their Supporting Young Workers Program and long-standing relationship with Apprenticeship Support Australia.

Conducted by industry experts, it also builds on VCCI's history of delivering WorkSafe’s WorkHealth and OHS improvement programs.


WorkWell Toolkit

The WorkWell Toolkit is a free online tool. It uses a step by step approach to help business leaders to promote a mentally healthy workplace and prevent mental injury through access to tailored and relevant research, tools and information.

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