Supporting Mental Health in the Workplace for Managers

Program 1: Compliance for Managers | taught by Tess Howells Psychologist

Course description

Did you know that there are legislated Rights and Responsibilities for Employers and Employees in relation to mental illness and mental health in the workplace? This program focuses on helping organisations to understand and meet these minimum legislated requirements. This is the first program in a series of three supporting mental health in the workplace. There are two versions of the program available for:

  1. People Managers
  2. Individual Contributors

These programs were created by qualified Psychologist Tess Howells from Thrive Positive Psychology and Wellbeing.

What is covered?

At the end of the program, you will:

  • Have knowledge of legislation relating to mental health in the workplace
  • Understand signs and symptoms of common mental illnesses including:
    • depression
    • anxiety
    • suicide
    • complicated grief and loss
  • Be able to identify workplace and individual risk & protective factors
  • Have skills to approach and support someone in distress
  • Know how to assess risk for suicide and take appropriate action
  • Know when and where to refer
  • Have strategies to make reasonable adjustments to support
  • Return to Work and Performance Management Plans (Manager version)

Watch the video below for overview of the course and the Tess’s Mental Health Model.

Structure of the Program

The program consists of a series of short videos with on screen summaries. At the end of the program there is a short quiz.


The program will take about 50 minutes to complete.

What people think of the program

"I really enjoyed the program - it gave me a real insight into mental health, what to look out for and how to help my employees"

"I liked the videos, Tess presents really well and they were easy to follow and had great practical advice like the BMT strategy"

"The program provides a great balance of theory, sound advice and actionable steps"

Tess  Howells Psychologist
Tess Howells Psychologist

For additional information please call Thrive Positive Psychology on +61 0498 649 818 or email

For information on other compliance training courses or eLearning programs please call Discover Learning Designs on +61 03 9486 5398 or visit

Course Curriculum

Introduction and Thrive's Mental Health Model FREE PREVIEW
Learning objectives
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Why we should we be concerned?
Why should we be concerned? FREE PREVIEW
The risks
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Signs, symptoms and strategies to assist
Understand signs and symptoms of common mental illnesses and disorders
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Stress and Anxiety
Stress: Eustress and symptoms of Distress
Anxiety Disorders
Fight/Flight/Freeze Reflex FREE PREVIEW
Strategies to assist someone with anxiety
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Depression and Mood or Affective Disorders
Assessing risk for suicide and making a approach to someone who may be depressed or suicidal
Helping someone with depression
Common treatments for depression
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Grief and Loss
Grief and Loss
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When and where to refer
When to refer
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Management responsibilities
Managing someone with a mental illness
Protective factors
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Post course questionnaire
Post course questionnaire
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