26 September 2023

Football club tackles mental health

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SafeWork NSW has teamed up with soccer team Sydney FC to highlight the importance of mentally healthy workplaces and to provide businesses with free coaching resources.

Announcing the collaboration, Minister for Fair Trading, Eleni Petinos said nearly one in six Australians were experiencing mental ill health while at work.

“I’m delighted that Sydney FC has partnered with SafeWork NSW to help raise mental health awareness in the workplace with the new campaign – Coaching, Training, Success!” Ms Petinos said.

“Sydney FC understand how training and coaching play a vital role on and off the field, and take proactive measures such as such as flexible work arrangements, workload management and ensuring staff and players have a work-life balance,” she said.

“There is an urgent need for small business owners to create sustainable mentally healthy workplaces, especially as more workers head back into the office.”

Ms Petinos said each business could access up to four hours of free coaching delivered online or over the phone.

“Coaching targets mental health issues such as bullying, stress or change,” she said.

Minister for Mental Health, Bronnie Taylor said the campaign would shine a light on the positive impact training and coaching could have on work culture.

“Mental health is just as important as physical health,” Mrs Taylor said.

She said the program would be delivered by The Black Dog Institute.

Further information on the SafeWork program can be accessed at this PS News link.

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