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Tackling Mental Health in the Workplace
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Tackling Mental Health In The Workplace
Project 2019-07-14 16:06:28 +1200
The Smile Initiative is a social enterprise aimed at raising awareness and empowering our workplaces to understand and manage their own mental health and assist others around them with mental illness and psychological distress to improve the mental health and well-being of New Zealand’s employees and their employers.
Every 15 hours a New Zealander will take their own life- this statistic is unacceptable. Approximately 50% of our Kiwis who have completed suicide were known to be in employment. People are spending 2/3rds of their day in the workplace yet we often forget a person brings their whole self to work; emotions, sleep deprivation, worries and all. We need to empower people to manage their own mental health and to be equip with the skills to help others in the workplace.
Our specific plans is to create a pay it forward policy in which an organisation can implement our programme and buy our products and as a token of gratitude we will be providing free first aid training, kits or workshops to the local community (i.e schools, churches, community centres) or small businesses that don’t have the capacity to otherwise receive this training.
Our slogan is ACE it! Awareness--Compassion--Empowerment all key features to improving mental health in New Zealand
What we offer
· ACE courses- Basic Skills and First Aid in Mental Heath - up- to-date New Zealand specific statistics and evidence based information
· ACE Kits - New Zealands first Mental Health First Aid Kit!
· Practical Workshops including Sleep hygiene, Stress & burnout and distress and de-escalation techniques
· "Paper Therapist" – Evidence based self-directed therapy workbooks based
Our aim is to create the first New Zealand mental health tick/ stamp of approval for the workplace to ensure that workplaces are safe and responding to the mental health and wellbeing of their staff. We have a vision in which a company will obtain a "Smile" once it has enough trained staff to recognise and respond to mental health issues within the workplace and for that smile to represent that they are deemed a psychologically safe workplace.
Who we are
Known for her loud voice, enthusiasm and goofy humour. Currently working between inpatient and community mental health settings including crisis work afterhours. Passionate about making positive change in the world and fighting against discrimination and stigma towards mental illness. Annoyingly enthusiastic about dogs and strong coffee.
The brains behind the operation; Colart is a crazy corporate rebel with a world class moustache. He is a well known innovation coach and plays a central role in the local start up ecosystem including Startup Weekend, Flux Accelerator and Lightning Lab. Colart is pursuing his passion for building beautiful businesses. Colart’s approach to life is intense, insightful, compassionate and highly productive.
Some call him a creative genius not just because he is artistic but he can turn Olivia’s bizarre ideas into real things. Has a dream of one day owning his own land so he can purchase a ride on lawn mower. Finds dishwashing therapeutic and has a pug called Amigo.
Your classic kiwi bloke. Jack of all trades master of none. Working as a Registered Nurse in Adult Acute Mental Health providing that shining light at the end of the tunnel that seems so far away for some. Loves a good slow cooked brisket on his Texas style BBQ. Appreciates that his wife is the primary reason his son is so cute.
Born in Fiji and bred in South Auckland. Loves engaging in her community and learning about other cultures. She loves cherries and nana naps and giving hugs. She works as a Mental Health nurse in the community and Clinical Coach to inspire and spread her passion for seeing people with mental illness find hope in their journey to wellness.
Working as an occupational therapist within community mental health team for the last 6 years Jordan loves the challenge of supporting our most vulnerable communities. Loves sunflowers, her dog Puggles and good old fashioned banter.
Kiwi Canadian pocket rocket known for her curly blonde hair and infectious laugh. Working as a mental health nurse in the acute crisis team. Gym bunny and avid traveller. Advocates that exercise and laughter are essential for wellbeing.
Maori , Fijian man with the dreadlocks who loves himself a good korero and dabbles in his fair share of yoga. Working casually as a mental health nurse in inpatient settings building rapport with those who are acutely unwell and lending a non-judgemental ear for those who need it both in and outside of work.
Working as a mental health nurse in acute community mental health team James is of Tongan/Indian descent and is passionate about cultural and indigenous issues. Enjoys reading, art and discussing the big issues with close friends. Has a weak spot for KFC and is getting tired of his house renovations.
Where will the money will go?
We have spent every last dollar of our own money ( yes out of our own pockets) and now we need your help to ensure this vision becomes a reality! We have chosen crowd funding in the hope Kiwis recognise how valuable our programme can be for workplaces all over New Zealand and that the potential to change and save lives.
We need at LEAST 20,000 ( which sounds like a lot, we know, but have a look below if you don't believe us!) but if we could raise even more than this would allow us to create even MORE workshops, training programmes and first aid kits.
Number crunching time…
IT including website development: $3,500
Marketing materials: $800
Social media promotion: $500
Start up production and administration costs: $2000
Specific services and products:
· ACE First Aid Kits prototype: $1000; ongoing production of first batch : $6000
· ACE courses: Manual development: $1,500, Design/illustration: $2000, Printing: $1,500
· Paper Therapist: Content development $1,500, Design: $2000, Production and printing: $3000
· Workshops: Development of content and resources: $1,500 per course ( currently 4 courses), Printing: $1,200, Additional resources: $750
Help us in creating a movement in which mental health and wellbeing in the workplace is not a luxury but a standard practice that creates more open and accepting workplaces and keeping people safe.
Holy smokes we did it!
14/08/2019 at 9:21 PM
We managed to get it across the line ALL thanks to each and everyone of you! We are shocked and humbled by your generosity and cannot fully express how grateful we are with words but 1000 x thank you. Thank you for believing in us enough to put your own money on the line. We will work our bums off to make this happen! Thank you from the bottom of our hearts. You will all get your rewards once the campaign formally closes and we get a list of you all and your preferences until then... rest easy knowing you will join us in making a difference in little old New Zealand.
The Smile Initiative Team
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"Thank you for your dedicated energy towards mental health + well-being, so to make a difference. Ensuring all are wholly appreciated ❤️"
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"Great initiative. All the best."
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"Yaassss team smile! "
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"Amazing work Liv (and the rest of the team). Really inspiring!"
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"Love the work you and the team are doing, Liv. So needed. Much love, Ceej. "
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"Good Luck in your Endeavours Great potential for this service"
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"Such a great idea!! Can’t wait to see this take off!"
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"I think this initiative could have saved me a fair bit of suffering. Thank you for starting it. "
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"Go for gold guys!! Xx"
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"Wishing you all the Best! "
2019-07-31 09:02:49 +1200
"Fantastic initiative, well done - here’s hoping you reach your target "
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"I hope you reach your target."
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"Good for you Olivia, what a lovely team of people and such a worthwhile cause. Our very best wishes for a successful venture"
2019-07-24 21:59:44 +1200
"Good luck guys. Great initiative 😀"