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Mental Health First Aid

As part of Bupa’s Wellness program, Karen was able to participate in the Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) course, we ran in Auckland recently. Karen has written a terrific article on mental health in New Zealand.

“The content was at times confronting and triggered some of us, with the odd tear being shared, myself included. Run over two days, I personally learned that nearly everything I had done or thought in the past about Mental Health, though well intentioned, was wrong!
We all have Mental Health, like physical health we have good days and not so good days …
I would recommend Mental Health First Aid not just for Managers but all people – this is a human issue. …
In Maori we have a proverb – we say the most important thing in the world is “He Tangata, He Tangata, He Tangata” the people, the people, the people.”
Read Karen’s full article


BWS Rollout of our CARE programme to 1300 store managers is now complete

Following on from the success of Mental Health First Aid across the Woolworths Group, CareerBuilders has just completed a store rollout of our CARE programme to BWS, one of the largest liquor outlets in the country. BWS opened its first store in 2001 and now operates 1300 stores across Australia. We were asked to develop a version of this popular half day mental health awareness programme specifically for each of their store managers, known in BWS as “Store CEOs”.

The project commenced in January and we scheduled 110 workshops all around the country, concluding this week in Victoria. Our amazing team of instructors have worked hard on this to get through one of our largest projects ever, much to the delight of BWS’s People Lead, Samantha Wuersching. “I can’t believe we have run all these workshops in such tight timeframes with no hiccups”, Sam said. “It has just been seamless – well done guys!”

Congratulations to Stuart, Rosie, Sudha and Bill who have worked tirelessly over the last 6 months making each programme a fresh experience for each new group, along with the support of BWS Area Coaches who have been assisting at each workshop bringing some business experience to their teams. It’s been a wonderful experience to deliver this project on time and it is all due to the right people being appointed to run the programme. Well done everyone!


Greg’s Camino Trail adventure 2020 – training preparations now underway

Our Managing Director Greg Dixon is preparing to walk 800 km next year from St Jean Pied de Porte in France to Santiago in Portugal next July. The training will be pretty important, as this is not your average walk!

The Camino de Santiago is an iconic pilgrimage that has been walked for over 1000 years. Many people take up this challenge later in life – Greg said “for me this will be a mindful practice and a walking meditation – neither of which I am particularly good at!” It will be a big change from the frantic pace of airports, hotels, and different time zones that have become part of daily life during the rapid growth of CareerBuilders over the last 2-3 years.


Linny Hursthouse joins the team in Australia as GM

Linny Hursthouse has joined the team at CareerBuilders Australia as General Manager, and will be focusing on maintaining the momentum of the last 12 months growth, as well as reaching out to existing clients to find more ways of embedding the knowledge of our mental health programmes. Linny is a Counsellor and a Registered Family Business Advisor, and will be speaking at the FBA conference this year on the benefits of mentally healthy workplaces for family businesses.


Funding Announcement – Jacinda Ardern pledges $1.9 billion for mental health services in NZ as part of the Wellbeing Budget

The NZ Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern said “We have two degrees of separation to each other, but there is no separation when it comes to New Zealand’s experience of suicide. It affects all of us.” Ms Ardern spoke about mental health and wellbeing being predicted by the World Health Organisation to be the world’s biggest health problem by 2030. “We can’t afford to wait for that to happen,” Ms Ardern said. Just a day after the Government pledged a “significant” boost into mental health services, it announced as part of a $1.9 Billion package, a $455m injection for 325,000 people to access support by 2023/24 through a new mental health service.


1500 MH First Aiders now trained at Woolworths – on track to 6000 trained by 2022

Since working with the Woolworths group in May 2017, our team has now trained 1500 Woolworth’s staff in the 2 day Mental Health First Aid course, and a further 200 Mental Health First Aiders to Woolworths (Countdown) employees in New Zealand. We have also delivered the 4 hour CARE programme, a short mental health awareness course to nearly 2000 employees, from BWS through to other Woolworth’s divisions. We are immensely grateful to the organisation for making such a strong commitment to the mental health and wellbeing of their employees.


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