Workshop B: Mental health strategies & solutions for leaders

Post-Conference Workshop | Thursday 25 May 2016 | 9.00-16.00

Managing mental health & psychological injury in the workplace – strategies and solutions for leaders

In 2011, for the first time ever, mental health issues overtook physical injury as the cause of the longest absences from work. Australian organisations that ignore mental health, lose over $10.9 billion a year simply by not implementing early intervention programs for staff with mental health issues. Those shouldered with the huge responsibility of workplace wellbeing – Leaders, HR and WHS teams – can find it challenging to proactively manage the legal, social, organisational and emotional elements of this complex issue. It is clear that workplace mental health initiatives yield extremely high returns by boosting presenteeism, productivity, employee engagement and in preventing devastating injury claims. Yet, many organisations struggle to identify and implement change.

This interactive one day workshop addresses these challenges by:

  • Understand the complexities of common mental health conditions and their impact on performance
  • Develop confidence in the key principles and planning required to intervene and support employees
  • Initiate performance conversations that acknowledge both parties’ rights and responsibilities, helping to contribute to successful outcomes
  • Show greater empathy and understanding communicating about mental health issues


About your workshop leader: Arthur Papagiannis, Managing Director, AP Psychology & Consulting Services

Arthur Papagiannis is the founder and Managing Director of AP Psychology & Consulting Services. Arthur is a registered psychologist with extensive experience in developing psychological workplace solutions for organisations.  Throughout his career, Arthur has been recognised as an industry leader in workplace mental health. Arthur has built a reputation with both government and private organisations, for developing high level policy, strategy and service delivery in improving organisational performance and psychological wellbeing. Arthur has extensive knowledge and experience in the management of staff, executive leadership, employee development, psychological programs and broader business strategy solutions.