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SOUTHLAND: Preventing, Managing and Resolving Workplace Mental Health

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  • Duration: 9 hours
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    Regional events

  • Region: Southland
  • Venue: Findex (Crowe Howarth)

Special Event - full day workshop presented by Michael Hempseed author and professional speaker and Julia Shallcrass, Director of Kiwiboss

The World Health Organisation has said that depression is the leading cause of disability worldwide. In practice this means that this one mental illness is responsible for more time off work than anything else. Many employers will be surprised by this but mental illness can present in ways that are not always obvious. If left undiagnosed or untreated, mental illness can significantly reduce productivity in the whole workplace.

In addition to performance and productivity issues, there is the need to keep everyone in the workplace safe. Excessive and prolonged stress is a workplace hazard under the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015.

This one day course will provide you with the latest scientific research about mental illness, how to identify it, and where to find help.

Topics covered include:

  • Overview of different types of mental illnesses, including anxiety, depression, addiction and psychosis
  • Understanding and managing learning disabilities and brain injuries
  • How mental illness affects and changes the brain
  • Understand how mental health issues can affect performance
  • How to detect the early warning signs of mental illness
  • How to approach someone who may have a mental illness
  • How to speak to someone with a mental illness and help them
  • How to avoid making the situation worse
  • Practical steps you can take to dramatically prevent problems in your workplace
  • An employer's legal responsibilities to address mental health issues
  • Avoiding discrimination under Human Rights Act 1993
  • Redesigning jobs to reduce stress and improve mental health
  • Practical ways to prevent and reduce stress and burnout
  • Employee wellbeing programmes and their usefulness

About our Presenter

Michael Hempseed is the author of Being A True Hero: Understanding and Preventing Suicide in Your Community, ( He is a highly sought after professional speaker. Michael delivers workshops throughout New Zealand on mental illness, reducing stress and burnout, and suicide prevention.

Michael gained an honours degree in psychology from the University of Canterbury in 2008. Funny, full of enthusiasm and taking a genuine interest in people are all qualities that make Michael a captivating speaker. Michael loves to travel, having visited over 34 countries, including Cambodia, Morocco, China, India, Brazil and many others. In addition to this he hosts a radio show called Lighthouse of Hope.

Julia Shallcrass is an employment lawyer who specialises in legal education on contemporary workplace issues. As director of KiwiBoss (, she delivers in-house training and public training on HR and people management to help businesses create better workplaces. Julia is part of the KiwiBoss team that delivers public courses through HRNZ, and in partnership with Auldhouse.

Julia is a regular webinar presenter for CCH Learning, and subject matter expert for Kineo online training. She has lectured in Human Resources, Business Ethics and Business Communication for tertiary institutions. Julia is an employment columnist for the NZ Herald.


  • HRNZ Members $1035
  • HRNZ Student Members $977.50
  • Non Members $1265

Please note our prices include GST


HRNZ Members: to receive the member discount please log in to the HRNZ website FIRST and register through the BUY TICKETS link. This will give you access to your member discount.

Who should attend

This course is useful for all employers, CEOs, managers, team leaders, human resources professionals, and anyone who employs staff. Mental illness can affect anyone from any industry.

Cancellations and Refunds

An appropriate substitute participant is welcome any time before the course starts. Please let us know the replacement's name. If you have booked on a member price and a non member is to attend in your place you will be invoiced for the difference in price.

A refund of fees will be made if a cancellation is received in writing at least 10 working days prior to the commencement of the course.

Regrettably, no refunds can be made for cancellations received after this date and you are liable for the full cost of attendance at the course