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Worker Tools to Talk Training Level 1 & 2

We spend the majority of our time within the work environment. The workplace offers an opportunity to have conversations about mental health and prevent suicide. The Tools to Talk training teaches employees how to identify and support workers who might be experiencing mental distress, substance abuse issues, or experiencing a mental health crisis. The Tools to Talk Training can be tailored towards your organizational needs. For an example on how the Tools to Talk Training was delivered to the construction sector please visit: Building Wellness Taranaki - Building Wellness.

There are two levels of workshops offered to workers, which are delivered 6-months apart. Workshops are delivered on-site and take 120 mins. Following the workshop, workers are provided with a resource book, and a badge they can wear within the workplace, to indicate they can support someone struggling with mental health. All material can be altered to include company logos and marketed based on the culture of the organization. Below is an example on how content was tailored for the construction sector. Training can be delivered to small (100 employees) and large (5000 employees) organizations. Please contact Dr Andy Walmsley with any questions on cost and delivery. 


Tools to Talk Level 1 – Foundations in Mental Health


Workshop Overview

*Common signs of mental distress

*Framework for having a mental health conversation on the worksite.

*Understanding suicide within the construction sector.

*Substance abuse education – alcohol, methamphetamine, and opioid addiction.

*Removing barriers towards seeking help.

*Masculinity and help-seeking.

*Tools to encourage help-seeking.

Tools to Talk Level 2 - Improving Help-Seeking within the Workplace

Workshop Overview

*Conversational framework for encouraging help-seeking – Motivational interviewing Tools.

*Identifying and supporting someone with an addiction.

*Understanding addiction. 

*How to manage an individual having a mental health crisis – best practice.

*Challenging the ‘harden up’ attitude towards mental health. 

*Promoting positive masculine gender roles (e.g., Help-seeking is a strength, not a weakness).

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