Building psychologically safe and thriving teams
Applied Mental Health is an evidence-based systemic approach to psychological safety to support leaders in driving positive change directly in the team environment.
Applied Mental Health Leadership
The program adopts a leadership capability building model that incorporates self-regulated learning and 70-20-10. Strategically designed to integrate into, and increase efficiencies of, the existing day-to-day people leadership commitments of participating leaders.
Innovatively delivered through a digital platform the program not only provides leaders with valuable knowledge and skills to address the work related psychological safety and mental health risk factors in the workplace but also importantly provides leaders with a supportive network of peers working through the same challenges and opportunities towards a common goal of learning the skills and confidence to create and lead psychologically safe and thriving work environments.
For leaders the digital platform also hosts an elaborate suite of practical tools and resources that can be utilised on a day-to-day basis to support direct reports as well as to look after their own mental health and wellbeing outcomes.
Applied Mental Health Advocacy
Direct reports of participating leaders will have the opportunity to join their leaders on the digital platform to actively collaborate and input into the creation of a psychologically safe and thriving workplace.
The platform is designed to provide direct reports with a user experience that aims to build their general awareness relevant to the work related psychological safety and mental health risk factors.
In addition to this, the platform will support direct reports in developing knowledge and strategies towards taking ownership of their own mental health and wellbeing as well as drive proactive contributions to the creation of a psychologically safe work environment.
What is AMH?
Applied Mental Health is a unique approach for creating psychologically safe and thriving work environments.
Delivered on an engaging and interactive digital platform using a blended learning approach, leaders and their direct reports collaborate in a safe environment to build their capability and awareness relevant to work related psychological safety and mental health risk factors and get an opportunity to apply learnings directly within their work environments.
This solution is developed and led by AP Psychology & Consulting Services in partnership with technology provider Dailyz. It is funded by the WorkSafe’s WorkWell Mental Health Improvement Fund.
Psychologically safe workplace
Studies on psychological safety point to wide-ranging benefits, including increased confidence, creativity, trust and productivity. A 2017 Gallup report found that if organizations increase psychological safety, it makes employees more engaged in their work and can lead to a 12% increase in productivity.
A workplace that has high levels of psychological safety will encourage more communication and idea-sharing for innovation, allowing the team to work like a well-oiled machine.
A team works best when everyone is communicating and collaborating properly. High levels of psychological safety in a workplace are very important in this equation. In 2015, when Google studied its employees to determine “what makes a good team,” researchers found that psychological safety was the most important quality that determined a team’s success.
Improve mental health literacy
Build the knowledge and confidence of your employees in a socially connected environment.
How it works
The AMH program applies a blended learning approach in support of leaders and direct reports building their knowledge, skills and confidence with regards to mental health and psychological safety in the workplace. Uniquely the program also facilitates collaboration between leaders and their direct reports as well as opportunities for ‘real time’ implementation of innovations and learnings into the workplace.
On completion leaders and direct reports receive role specific AMHL certificates to recognise their commitment to psychological safety in the workplace. Leaders will also walk away with a tailored mental health & psychological safety action plan for their teams to ensure continuation and embedding of newly acquired skills and knowledge.
Hear what the leaders have to say
RMIT University is thrilled to be a part of the AMHL WorkWell project. With the impact of COVID-19 on our university, there has been no better time than now for us to truly focus on building the capacity of our leadership to support and prioritise mental health and wellbeing.
Deakin is committed to the AMHL project as part of our whole of University approach to supporting the mental health and wellbeing of all staff. The AMHL project will improve our leaderships ability to promote positive staff mental health and wellbeing, increase knowledge and understanding of the mental health continuum and foster an environment of care and support.
Our participation in AMH aligns directly with our strategic wellness aim and objectives. Our aim is to build a sustainable workplace culture than intrinsically supports and inspires high level wellness of our staff and, in turn, our community.
The AMH program will contribute to this internal culture through daily mentally healthy leadership practices, thus creating a work environment that supports and enables good staff wellbeing.
AMH will act as a vehicle through which leadership education in the areas of staff mental wellbeing and psychosocial workplace factors is delivered, as well as raise awareness of these factors and related practices more broadly through direct report participation.
At Federation University, we align our commitment to supporting the mental health of our staff with our mission to transform lives and enhance communities.
As part of our mental health strategy, we want to ensure that staff at every level of the University have access to resources, training and information to support their own mental health and also to contribute to the positive mental health culture at the University. Our engagement with the AMHL Project is pivotal to achieving this goal and we encourage our project participants to fully utilise the unique and customised resources that will be provided over the period of this project pilot.
“Swinburne’s participation in the AMHL program is aimed at providing support for the mental health and wellbeing of our people leaders and staff during a period of unprecedented change. This program aligns with our organisational vision of ‘people and technology together for a better world’.
Ultimately, the AMHL program contributes to increasing leadership commitment in improving workplace culture through enhancing their capability and confidence to protect the mental health of their employees through access to training, tools and resources.”