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Organisational mental health training

Take your training to the next level with mental wellbeing workshops delivered by USC's Thompson Institute. Learn from our experts, using research-based interventions. Receive advice on the best training to meet your goals.

  • Expert-led mental health training
  • Workshops backed by latest mental health
    and neuroscience research
  • Custom-made evaluation dashboard shows your
    training outcomes

Training choices

General mental health awareness training

A general introduction to mental health awareness and suicide prevention. This workshop covers current statistics and an overview of common mental health issues such as anxiety, depression and substance abuse. It outlines the signs that someone needs mental health support and how to identify those at risk. It also teaches attendees how to recognise that risk in themselves and take proactive self-care.

  • Face-to-face presentation or webinar
  • 1.5 hours
safeTALK suicide alertness training

This suicide alertness training workshop teaches you to identify the signs that someone may have thoughts of suicide and to connect them to help. Participants practise the skills learnt through role play. Research conducted by the Institute on Sunshine Coast participants shows that people who do this training report greater preparedness to start a conversation with someone they think may be suicidal. What’s more, participants remember key elements of their training at 6 months and 12 months after completing safeTALK.

  • Face-to-face format
  • 4 hours
  • Maximum 30 participants
Communicating with distressed people

This workshop will upskill you to support people whose mental health is causing concern. It covers essential skills such as active listening. Participants will be shown how to validate distress, while keeping safe boundaries. Includes a pre-workshop meeting to raise issues specific for your organisation, with time for questions and answers during
the workshop.

  • Face-to-face format (or webinar)
  • 90 minutes
  • Maximum of 20 participants
ASIST suicide intervention training

Learn to apply a suicide intervention model through Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST). It provides participants with the knowledge and skills to identify and respond to someone who may be at risk of suicide.
Participants will also gain skills to engage with at-risk individuals, clarify the level of risk and concern, increase immediate safety, and connect them to specialised/professional help.

  • Face-to-face format (or webinar)
  • Two days
  • Experienced presenter and trained assistant to support participants, as needed
  • Maximum 30 participants
EMERALD mental health coaching

EMERALD is an eight-week, evidence-based program for people experiencing early signs that their mental health needs proactive attention. This could be due to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic or other life changes that have caused feelings of low mood, worry
or loneliness.
It includes a mental health coach and access to allied health clinicians via telehealth consultations. This program can augment your Employee Assistance Program, offering confidential and personalised mental health coaching.

How it works

  1. Tell us your goals: We help you identify the best ways to support your staff, customers, members or volunteers to look after their mental wellbeing.
  2. Tailor your training: Explore which of our training choices will meet your goals.
  3. Get started: Roll out your education program with our expert trainer guiding you all the way.
  4. Evaluate: We will create an impact dashboard that measures each program to evaluate outcomes for your organisation. Share these gains with staff, or on your website.
  5. Organisational success!

Evaluation like you've never seen it

We offer an innovative impact measurement tool with all our training programs.
The Institute partners with impact measurement specialist ROOY to create your own dashboard that can display:

To help you with ongoing wellbeing monitoring, ROOY offers Wellbeing at Work measurement tools designed to help you track and support your team’s mental, social and physical wellbeing on a daily basis using data from your team. This allows you to stay on top of mental health needs in your workplace.

Find out more

To discuss your goals and the training options that can meet your needs, contact Louise Pemble.