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Connectors & Champions

WellBeing@Work Connectors and Champions are voluntary roles taken up by specific people working within WellBeing@Work accredited organisations. They are the ‘go to’ people and advocates who support the programme’s goals and principles within the workplace.

Potential Connectors and Champions are able to confidentially put themselves forward for these roles during the WellBeing@Work programme delivery period. A person may volunteer for one or both roles. These self-nominations are then assessed for suitability prior to the 3-hour Connectors and Champions training workshop.

The WellBeing@Work Connector’s Role

A Connector is a trusted person within the organisation who works alongside others, has a good listening ear and is resourced and trained to safely connect colleagues with mental health support within the organisation or the community.

Examples:

  • Connecting co-workers with workplace support such as Employee Assistance or Wellness Programmes.
  • Encouraging colleagues to seek the support of their Doctor or other health professional if they are suffering from stress or mental distress.
  • Connecting co-workers to information about accessible community support such as via the Gambling Helpine, Youthline, Alcohol and Drug Helpline or family support networks.

The WellBeing@Work Champion’s Role

Champions are people within the organisation who have a lived experience of personal mental illness or distress and who are comfortable and secure in discussing their experience and their approach to wellness management.

They may make themselves available to have discussions with colleagues on a one-to-one basis or may be happy to talk about to groups about their personal experience and insight. This will depend on the individual concerned. The purpose of Champions is to reduce the potential for stigma and discrimination by raising awareness of mental health as a normal part of the human health spectrum.

The WellBeing@Work training made most people realise that asking how someone is, or if they can help, isn’t going make it worse for that person. There can only be an upside from that.


I was obviously nervous about baring my soul but my message was really simple. No one would hesitate to ask how you are if you had a broken leg, so how hard is it to ask, ‘Are you okay?’ The feedback couldn’t have been more positive,

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