Mentally Well Workplaces - Chat with Julie Gillespie

Mental health is becoming such a large part of our risk profiles in health and safety, and something that every organisation needs to help their employees deal with on a daily basis. The great part is, not everyone has to start from scratch when managing it well. I recently had a chat to Julie from Mentally Well Workplaces (MWW). We had a chat about the programs they deliver and what the future for mental health in the workplace might look like.

I think it is always important to reach out if you feel overwhelmed and I am always here to chat if you need.

Let’s crack into the chat with Julie.


Julie, tell us about all about your passion behind Mentally Well Workplaces.

Mentally Well Workplaces was born in December 2018. What came to our attention through training Mental Health First Aid two-day program was that the attendees were predominately leaders or managers. Most employees still fear consulting their leader or manager if they are experiencing difficulties. More often than not they will speak with a colleague at the same level. With this information we realised that the only way to combat this challenge was provide a way for all employees to have access to Mental Health Awareness training without taking them out of the workplace for two days and at a more cost-effective way. We are truly heartened with the uptake and to see organisations and individuals gaining value out of this program. Our Mission is to continue to strive to meet our goals by training 50 businesses to create a “Mentally Well Workplace” by the end of 2019.

Julie, one of the programs you have is the Mental Health Induction. Can you tell us a little about it? What would we expect if we attended?

The Mental Health Induction aims to heighten the awareness and education about the impact of mental illness in the workplace to one’s self, colleagues and careers. Employees will learn how to identify, ask, listen, respond to and follow up with colleagues with a mental illness. Employees who undertake the induction are given the tools to help them contribute to a more productive and cohesive workplace, helping to improve the wellness and safety of employers, colleagues and most importantly self. Inductees will develop a deeper understanding of avenues for support, accountability, mental health policies, links to WHS and much more.

It's clear to see this is your passion Julie, tell us what you love about working in this space? There’s a team of us at MWW, who are extremely passionate about making a positive difference to the wellbeing of every person. As we learn to thrive, we clear the pathway for others to do the same. We p