Advice for Specific Issues


How-to-support-a-co-worker with mental health issues

This is a brochure from the Canadian organisation CIPSRT  to guide people in knowing how to identify, reach out and assist emergency responder colleagues with mental health issues

Caring for ESWs

This study by McKeon, Wells, Steel,  Moseley, and Rosenbaum looks at the physical and mental health impacts of caring for someone in the emergency services. It found high rates of psychological distress and physical morbidity among informal caregivers. High levels of sedentary behaviour suggest that carers of ESWs are particularly vulnerable and need targeted interventions to address these health outcomes.  These results are alarming because informal caregivers are contributing unpaid labour to the emergency services industry. By and large, they are women (77%), who play an important role in both supporting the mental health of ESWs and offsetting public health costs.

Mental Health Awareness

In this Beyond Blue webinar Workplace Mental Health Awareness Liz Tobin (Workplace Health and Wellbeing Facilitator, Executive Coach and Consultant) talks about how to increase awareness and understanding of depression and anxiety, including how to identify mental health risk and protective factors in the workplace, strategies to look after yourself and information on support and resources available.

Supporting someone to stay at work

In this Beyond Blue webinar Supporting Someone with a Mental Health Condition Return or Remain at Work you can hear from the perspective of a manager, employee and clinical advisor on how best to support someone with a mental health condition return or remain at work. Panelists include: Linda Sheahan, Workplace Engagement Manager, Beyond Blue (Facilitator); Jo Farmer, employee; Dr Grant Blashki, Lead Clinical Advisor, Beyond Blue; Steve Schubert, manager).

Helping Emergency Responders manage stress when returning to work

This fact sheet by US based SAMHSA gives tips for supervisors to help ease the transition and manage stress for disaster response workers returning to work. It helps people recognize and reduce potential difficulties in the workplace, and enhances positive consequences for all staff.

Managing Mental Ill-health in the Workplace

Developed by the Australian Human Rights Commission, this guide for managers provides practical strategies for managing the performance of an employee with a mental health condition.

Emotionally challenging work

Worksafe Queensland’Emotionally challenging work – managing the risk webinar discusses how to build and maintain mentally healthy workplaces to promote and support positive mental health and minimise the risk of psychological injury. Features Rob Heaslip (Beyond Blue’s Police & Emergency Services Engagement Manager).


Watch Worksafe Queensland’s Workplace bullying and mental health webinar, in which Beyond Blue’s Workplace Engagement Manager, Michael O’Hanlon, introduces the topic of workplace bullying and the barriers workers are faced with when returning to work.

Workplace Violence

Watch Worksafe Queensland’s Workplace violence and mental health webinar, in which Beyond Blue’s Workplace Engagement Manager, Michael O’Hanlon, introduces the topic of workplace violence and the effects it has in the workplace and for workers returning to work.

Reasonable Adjustments

Watch Worksafe Queensland’s Reasonable Adjustments & Mental Health Conditions webinar, in which Beyond Blue’s Workplace Engagement Manager, Michael O’Hanlon delivers practical recommendations of reasonable adjustments that businesses can make to support a worker with a psychological injur