The City of Bunbury has become the first local government authority in Western Australia to be recognised as a Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Skilled Workplace.
Late in 2019 the City together with Mental Health First Aid Australia mapped out a program for MHFA training for its workforce.
As part of this training program the City sought and achieved Gold Standard Accreditation with MHFA Australia.
City of Bunbury Chief Executive Officer Mal Osborne highlighted the City’s aspirations to build a mentally healthy workplace for the benefit of both staff and the community.
“Now more than ever the City recognises the importance of the mental health and general well-being of the community,” Mr Osborne said.
“As an organisation we are keen to build and preserve these skills within our people so they can continue to provide a broader service to our community.”
Each year one in five Australians will experience a mental illness and many are not knowledgeable or confident to offer assistance.
Mental Health First Aid teaches people the skills to help someone who they are concerned about.
Mental Health First Aid Australia Instructor Michael Finn praised the City for its efforts.
“This commitment by the City of Bunbury to building the capacity of their workforce and improving the mental health and well-being of the community, especially at this time when it’s needed more than ever, is a demonstration of the positive leadership that local government can provide to our communities,” Mr Finn said.
“With this achievement, the City is also a leader among local government authorities and rightly deserves acknowledgement for this.
“It has been a privilege to assist the City of Bunbury in this achievement and I’d encourage other leaders in the community to follow this example.”
The City of Bunbury sits alongside the University of Western Australia, Edith Cowan University and Murdoch University and other leading organisations across Australia who have received this accreditation.