Best Practice in Suicide Prevention in a Workplace LiFE Award was awarded to Hydro Tasmania
Hydro Tasmania has taken a pro-active approach to suicide prevention within the workplace. In 2015 Hydro Tasmania implemented a workplace health and well-being program to support overall workplace mental health and suicide prevention.
The Mental Health and Well-being Program includes training sessions to be undertaken on a quarterly basis and is inclusive of regional and remote sites including the West Coast, the lakes region and the Bass Strait islands. All Hydro Tasmania managers are trained in identifying and managing mental health and well-being, creating a safe and healthy work environment for employees to seek assistance and receive appropriate supports.
In 2017/18 Hydro Tas rolled out suicide awareness training to over 70% of their workforce from this 100% of participants reported that they are aware of support services available and how to connect someone in need. The flow on influence to employee’s family, friend and social networks means that this important program will have dispersed key messages about mental health and supports to countless others across the Tasmanian community. Increasing the likelihood of individuals recognising when others may be struggling and linking them to appropriate support.