The Establishment of OzHelp Tasmania


In 2006 the Tasmanian building and construction industry became aware through their industry superannuation fund (CBus) that on average ten apprentices and workers where losing their life through suicide, drugs and alcohol and unknown causes a year. In response the OzHelp Tasmania Foundation, a not for profit organisation, was established in 2007 based on a successful program developed in Canberra. Designed to provide workplace based early intervention suicide prevention and social capacity building programs it was built on a vision to enhance the resilience of apprentices and workers in the construction and building industry, while at the same time strengthen the leadership and support roles of the industry leaders. This is achieved by undertaking workplace training and support services including workplace mental health and wellbeing training. Success within the building and construction industry has seen an 80% reduction in deaths.

Supporting other industries and workplaces

Whilst still undertaking its primary role of suicide prevention and social capacity building within the building and construction industry OzHelp Tasmania has broadened its scope due to the success of the program and requests for training and support from other industries and workplaces recognising that overall workplace mental health and wellbeing was not being fully addressed.

 

Activities include:

  • Providing managers with the practical skills to help look after their employees.
  • Providing employees with an introduction to mental health to enable them to look after themselves and others.
  • Providing practical skills for young apprentices and trainees to develop resilience and coping skills (especially during their transition from school into the workplace).
  • Support services to assist all employees manage difficulties in both their personal and professional lives. 

Our Vision:

Resilient and supported workforces where suicide is not an option. 

 

Our Mission:

To provide workplace suicide prevention and social capacity building programs incorporating mental health and wellbeing services designed to reduce the loss of life through suicide and to develop resilient, resourceful and productive workforces.  

 

Using our services

For information contact Morgan Hodge, Administration and Training Manager on 1300 003 313, (03) 6231 0919 or admin@ozhelptasmania.org.au