Mental Health First Aid Course For Industry CEOs & Senior Leaders Launches  

Mental Health First Aid Course For Industry CEOs & Senior Leaders Launches   
SHARE
THIS



The Mentally Healthy Change Group has launched a Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) training course specifically for senior leaders and CEOs in the media, marketing and creative industry.

The Mentally Healthy 2020 study conducted by Everymind, Never Not Creative and UnLtd earlier this year highlighted the need for educated and empathetic leaders who lead by example, as a key driver for improving mental health in the workplace.

The virtual course across two days will equip leaders with the knowledge and practical skills to recognise signs of mental ill-health, help colleagues and friends experiencing mental ill-health and to actively reduce stigma around mental health in their workplace.

The launch coincides with R U OK Day on 10 September and its 2020 theme of ‘there’s more to say after R U OK’. Nina Nyman, CMO at UnLtd and Co-Chair of the Mentally Healthy Change Group said:

“Many of us avoid asking others how they are for the fear of the response and not being able to say or do the right thing. The MHFA course will help give leaders the confidence to have those conversations and to know what to say if someone is not okay. Just like the standard first aid courses, it gives you the skills and knowledge to potentially save someone’s life.”

The course will be delivered online by Chloe Hooper, Head of Growth and Marketing, Regional Lead at PHD and member of the Mentally Healthy Change Group who is a qualified mental health first aid trainer and has already trained over 130 people across the industry in mental health first aid.

Chloe Hooper said: “When we launched the first training courses last year, we were overwhelmed by the response – the courses filled up in a day! It’s fantastic that we can bring this course to our senior leaders this year to help create positive ripple effects across many organisations, especially at such a challenging time. Doing the course in small groups of other senior leaders will also give the participants a chance to openly share and learn from each other’s’ experiences.”

Participants already confirmed for the course include Adrian Farouk, CEO of Digitas ANZ; Andrew Little, CEO of DDB Group; Chiquita King, Managing Director of Coffee Cocoa Gunpowder; Chris Freel, CEO of UnLtd; Laura Aldington, CEO of Host/Havas; Jack Byrne, Managing Director of Hatched Media; James Bayes, General Manager ANZ of The Trade Desk; Jim Gall, CEO of Clemenger BBDO Melbourne Group & CEO of Clemenger Group New Zealand; Louie Skinner, Managing Director of Saatchi & Saatchi Wellness; Margie Reid, CEO of Thinkerbell; Mark Jarrett, CEO of PHD; Melinda Geertz, CEO of Leo Burnett; Melissa Fein, CEO of Initiative; Paul Sigaloff, Managing Director ANZ of Verizon Media; Peter Butler, Managing Director of Spark Foundry; Skye Lambley, Group Managing Director of HerdMSL; Stephen McArdle, CEO of BMF and Simone Gupta, CEO of One Green Bean.

Jim Gall, CEO of Clemenger BBDO Melbourne Group and CEO of Clemenger Group New Zealand said: “We lost a colleague last year in NZ to suicide and it was one of the most difficult, yet profound experiences I have ever been through as a leader.  In these challenging times, mental health is not just a hygiene factor, it must be seen as an absolute business priority in balancing performance with empathy and cultural competency.”

The course requirements include 10 hours of online self-study, 2 x 2.5 hour Zoom training sessions and a final online exam. The course will run twice – Group 1 on 29 & 30 Oct and Group 2 on 5 & 6 Nov. There is an admin fee of $55 and participants who successfully pass their online exam will receive an official Mental Health First Aid certification.

Mark Jarrett, CEO of PHD commented: “Given the times we’re living in, being able to recognise signs of mental illness and to offer the right support is more important than ever. This is a great practical way for the leaders in our industry to come together to tackle mental illness in our industry. I’m looking forward to learning more about the topic and I hope to see many of my fellow leaders on the course.”

Places are limited, to book your spot, please visit:

Group 1 (29 Oct & 30 Oct): https://events.humanitix.com/mental-health-first-aid-for-leaders-group-1

Group 2 (5 & 6 Nov): https://events.humanitix.com/mental-health-first-aid-for-leaders-group-2

If you or someone you care about needs support, please contact:

Lifeline 13 11 14

Suicide Call Back Service 1300 659 467

MensLine Australia 1300 78 99 78

Beyond Blue 1300 22 4636

 

Please login with linkedin to comment

    Latest comments
  • Alison 2 weeks ago

    Fantastic initiative, well done Mentally Healthy Change Group. I gained the MFHA certificate in 2012 and have had most of the community management team at Quiip gain it (or similar). It is a course that will serve you through life, and I applaud that so many other CEOs have committed to undertake the training.

mentally healthy r u ok?

Latest News

Be Quick! Adobe’s ‘Creativity – Who Dares Wins’ Webinar Is Tomorrow @ 11am! Sign-Up For Free!
  • Marketing
  • Technology

Be Quick! Adobe’s ‘Creativity – Who Dares Wins’ Webinar Is Tomorrow @ 11am! Sign-Up For Free!

Advertising has a rich history of being daring. From DDB’s 1960 Lemon ad for Volkswagen, to Salvador Dali designing Chupa Chup’s logo in 1969, to Droga5 pretending it was making a new Crocodile Dundee movie for Tourism Australia, the creative we crave dare to stand out! So, tomorrow B&T has teamed-up with our good friends […]

by B&T Magazine

B&T Magazine
Sports Start-Up MyFavorito’s Appoints FutureBrand Australia
  • Media

Sports Start-Up MyFavorito’s Appoints FutureBrand Australia

Global sports startup MyFavorito has appointed FutureBrand Australia as its global branding partner with a brief to build a brand as radical as its digital sports sponsorship platform, helping sports clubs worldwide unlock a completely new revenue source.

The Recognition Group Rebrands
  • Media

The Recognition Group Rebrands

One of Australia’s largest groups of privately-owned public relations and marketing agencies has rebranded under one name, The Recognition Group. The group is comprised of three separate agencies: Recognition PR; Outsource and Write Away Communication. The Recognition Group is owned by Liz Marchant [feature image] and Adam Benson, employs 31 full-time staff members and supports […]

Bauer Rebrands To Are Media
  • Media

Bauer Rebrands To Are Media

Are Media apparently stands for "audience, reach & engagement". Thankfully, subscriptions wasn't also one of its cores.

Premium Mixer Brand Fever-Tree Launches ‘Mix With The Best’ Campaign
  • Campaigns

Premium Mixer Brand Fever-Tree Launches ‘Mix With The Best’ Campaign

Premium mixer brand Fever-Tree has launched its largest advertising campaign in Australia to date via indie agency New Colony. With summer on the horizon, Fever-Tree’s latest campaign encourages consumers to ‘mix with the best’ with new messaging that reinforces its brand promise as a premium, high quality mixer complementing light and dark spirits. The out-of-home […]

Frameplay Announces Integration With Magnite For In-Game Advertising
  • Media

Frameplay Announces Integration With Magnite For In-Game Advertising

Frameplay today announced its first global integration with Magnite to provide advertisers with the ability to buy intrinsic in-game advertising programmatically. The combination of Frameplay’s software developed for in-game advertising and Magnite’s scale and experience in programmatic technology across any format and screen provides advertisers with greater access to engaged audiences. Current RTB programmatic capabilities […]