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PC Inquiry into Mental Health: What does it mean for super and insurance?

Blog The highly anticipated final report from the Productivity Commission Inquiry into Mental Health, and National Suicide Prevention Adviser’s Interim Report to the Prime Minister have both recently been published. Both reports recognise the need for an improved mental health system with [...]

Trust + Respect = Actions not words

Blog Reflections on positive actions that build connectedness and an inclusive culture. Trust and respect are built from a leader’s many actions. Stating the words “I trust you” and then micro-managing to task implies exactly the opposite. “I trust you” is [...]

NEW RESEARCH: Mental health of workers in 2020 – the unexpected results

Blog SuperFriend has just released the results of its national workplace mental health study, revealing some surprising positive outcomes from 2020s challenges - including an improved national score. The survey of over 10,000 people showed clear benefits for those at organisations taking action related [...]

8 tips for riding COVID’s second wave

Blog There are a few 'c-words' that are universally disliked, but 'COVID' is definitely the frontrunner. Why? Well, apart from the fact that COVID stinks, for some reason it's taken this crisis for us to learn some very human lessons. Whether in [...]

The 11 most impactful actions for improving worker wellbeing

Blog With so many actions available to improve the mental wellbeing of your workers, employers can quickly become overwhelmed and find it difficult to prioritise which are most appropriate for their organisation. The latest Indicators of a Thriving Workplace research, Australia’s largest [...]

Indicators of a Thriving Workplace 2020

Latest company news MEDIA RELEASE - 9 October 2020 The impact of COVID-19 on Australian workers has been profound, according to Australia’s largest workplace mental health study.Three in five workers experienced a mental health condition this year (up almost 9 percentage points from 2019 [...]

Looking after your mental health when you’re out of work

Blog While you’re out of work, there are some simple practices you can adopt to make this period of your life much easier for yourself and your family. Developing a sense of self ‘What do you do?’ is a question you’re probably asked [...]

Peer Support Booklet

Resources SuperFriend’s Peer Support Booklet provides practical suggestions to individuals for listening to and supporting work colleagues who may be experiencing issues with their mental health. The communication skills and support strategies promoted in this booklet are important for employees at all levels [...]

Looking After You

Resources Looking After You booklet Most of us are juggling multiple roles in our lives, and many of these typically involve caring for others. Making self-care a priority with “the life juggle” can be tricky, so to help, we’ve put together this resource [...]

Building Thriving Workplaces

Resources Building Thriving Workplaces features practical and evidence-informed strategies to help your workers thrive. This booklet contains: the latest workplace mental health findings and advice the business case for investing in your workplace’s mental health practical information on applying the five evidence-based ‘domains’– [...]

Personal issues are workplace issues

Blog Just as issues at work can impact on our personal lives (relationships, stress levels, time etc) we can also bring all the personal issues we are dealing with at home to work. And while employers don’t own those issues – [...]

A systems approach to good work design

Blog Good work design has three main aims: protecting workers from harm, improving their health and wellbeing and transforming the business through increased worker productivity.  Work design looks at four workplace elements: the work, work systems, the physical working environment, and the workers [...]

Staying productive when working from home

Blog With more than half the workforce working from home at least part of the time, it’s important to make sure this time is spent well.  Working from home has grown as an option over the past decade, making it a legitimate [...]

Other bushfire support resources

Blog Have you been directly affected by the bushfires? Australian Government mental health support for Australians affected by the 2019-20 bushfires Information for Australians who have been affected by bushfires Taking care of yourself and others Helping colleagues through loss and hard times What to [...]

Your leadership responsibilities during a crisis

Blog As a leader, your legal responsibilities in a crisis include: Keeping people physically and emotionally safe, communicating, monitoring changing needs, leadership, and getting people back to work – which includes providing support and flexibility. It IS your responsibility as an [...]

Claims management – best practice framework and support

Blog SuperFriend is uniquely positioned at the juncture of the superannuation, life insurance and mental health sectors to help maximise the number of Australians reaching a happy and healthy retirement. The insurance provided through our superannuation funds is critically important in supporting this [...]

Looking after yourself as a leader

Blog If you’ve travelled on a plane, you’ll know the flight attendant’s safety briefing: brace positions, emergency exits, and remember to put on your own oxygen mask first. The reason we’re told this is because you can’t help others if you’re running low on oxygen. [...]

Plan for stress as a team

Blog Stress is the body’s reaction to adverse or demanding situations. In the workplace, among other factors, this can take the form of demanding workload, lack of control, poor working conditions, or the breakdown of working relationships. Chronic or repeated exposure to these stressors [...]

Standing up when times are tough

Blog An organisation with poor leadership cannot thrive. This is true of organisations today, and of the first organisations or organised groups ever created. And there is no time that leadership is more important than when an organisation is experiencing difficulty – either [...]

The business case for a mentally healthy workplace

Blog Research tells us mental health is either affecting your business right now or is likely to in the near future. One in six working aged people are living with a mental illness. Beyond that, it’s believed there are more people experiencing mental [...]

More helpful links and resources for COVID support

COVID Support Hub Information from reliable sources It’s best to rely on information from credible sources during this time, such as: The Australian Government Department of Health The World Health Organisation Checking in with someone you care about [...]

Leader’s guide to supporting staff

COVID Support Hub Managing people can be challenging even when piloting the calmest of skies. As leaders, we always need to make sure we’re prepared to adapt and respond calmly to any unforeseen turbulence along the journey but this is not straightforward when [...]

Connecting employees during physical distancing

COVID Support Hub In an effort to slow the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19), many organisations have some or all of their employees working from home for extended periods. State and Federal governments in Australia are signalling that shutdown of schools and government [...]

Let’s have fun!

Blog At SuperFriend, we know the biggest ongoing changes to the mental health of a workplace come when strong organisation-wide systems and practices are put in place. However, you can also implement fun activities that provide important social connections, positive interactions between employees and [...]

How to create a Mental Health and Wellbeing Strategy

Blog Employers are legally obligated to provide a psychologically safe environment, free of harm, for their employees. In line with the Australian work health and safety (WHS) legislation, employers must take steps to protect workers against risks to their physical and mental health. Beyond [...]

Action ideas to boost wellbeing

Blog People often ask us: “What’s the first thing I should do to begin the workplace wellbeing process?” Our response is to tell them that the chances are they are already engaging in a wide range of actions to promote workplace mental health and [...]

Seek formal support

COVID Support Hub Taking that first step to seek support can be daunting, especially if you haven’t had experience with formal mental health support before. However, it is completely normal and important to seek support if you’re feeling overwhelmed by COVID-19, or during any difficult [...]

Connect with a buddy

COVID Support Hub During difficult times, like a pandemic, it is understandable that people may be feeling isolated, anxious and overwhelmed. As humans we thrive and rely on human connection for overall wellbeing. It’s therefore vital to keep strong social connections, and to [...]

Wellbeing checklist

COVID Support Hub In times of uncertainty it’s normal to feel some anxiety about the world around us. It’s important that we have a level of self-awareness about our response to these circumstances and how this may present in the way we behave. [...]

How to spot someone in distress

Blog What does someone in distress look like? What should you do? How can you start a conversation? Have you noticed a change in a loved one or friend? It’s important to pay attention to cues that someone might be struggling, and reach out. [...]

Your guide to managing a crisis

Blog Learn about the short-term, intermediate and long-term phases of a crisis, what to expect and practical ways to support your people and customers. You can also view as a PDF. Phase 1: Pre-disaster Phase 2: Impact [...]

Commonwealth Superannuation Corporation invests in mental health

Latest company news MEDIA RELEASE - 8 July 2020 One of Australia's largest super trustees, Commonwealth Superannuation Corporation (CSC), has announced its partnership with workplace mental health organisation SuperFriend. One of Australia's largest super trustees, Commonwealth Superannuation Corporation (CSC), has announced [...]

SuperFriend launches digital learning platform – MySuperFriend

Latest company news MEDIA RELEASE - 25 August 2020 SuperFriend, the national workplace mental health and wellbeing organisation, has launched a new online learning platform - MySuperFriend - as COVID-19 accelerates the shift to digital learning and increased need for mental health support. [...]

Wellbeing check-in and action plan

Blog Use this free, confidential module to check-in on your wellbeing, get tips on managing your mental health and make your own self-care action plan during these challenging times.  Practical Proven Private Personal [...]

Five Ways to Wellbeing

Blog The Five Ways to Wellbeing are five simple and effective ways you can improve your mental health and wellbeing every day, focusing on connecting, being active, being aware, continued learning and helping others. If you’re looking to improve the mental health and [...]

Getting leadership buy-in

Blog All too often, well-crafted workplace wellbeing strategies struggle to maintain engagement and fizzle out over time. Like all workplace initiatives, leadership support determines the success or failure of all efforts to improve employee wellbeing.Gaining leadership buy-in is one of the first crucial steps [...]

The two key ingredients to successfully managing change

Blog We know organisational change can seem a bit daunting to employees, but we also know workers handle this change much better if they are included in – and informed about – each step of the transformation process with clear communication. Giving your [...]

The art of checking in

Blog Approaching a friend, family member, colleague or employee you’re concerned about is important at any time of year. Noticing changes in someone’s behaviour or mood and asking, “Are you OK?” can make a significant difference to the life of someone who is having [...]

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