Health & Wellbeing: Operational Implementation of a Mental Health Self-Assessment

22 Jun 2020
14:00

Health & Wellbeing: Operational Implementation of a Mental Health Self-Assessment

WSP is a globally recognised professional services company firm employing 49,500 people. Our Australian business employees approximately 3500 professional engineers, scientists and other professionals working on large infrastructure projects in the region. Our business has identified mental health as an emerging risk to our staff and have implemented a number of strategies to support and nurture our staff as they navigate today’s hectic work environment.

The key initiative that is the foundation of our Mental Health Plan is a Mental Health Self-Assessment. This assessment has been designed as a self-reflection and knowledge imparting tool. After internal reviews from legal, human resources and our mental health specialists, we launched a work positive self-assessment that address the main influencers of mental health at work. In filling in the assessment staff are given specific advice on how to improve each area of influence, so they can take charge of their own mental health. Specific attention was paid to ensuring no medical data was collected and multiple avenues of seeking additional help was presented to the staff while maintaining privacy.

This presentation will discuss how to implement an effective self-assessment tool on a sensitive topic such as mental health, and a quick analysis of the data collected in aggregate.