We could easily have chosen to be an evil empire, with a cunning masterplan for corporate domination and endless accumulation… but that’s not really who we are. We want to make a real difference.
We believe creating change takes courage, integrity and whole-heartedness. We’ve taken on this gigantic challenge because we know we can prevent suffering and create mentally healthier workplaces. Over time we will work to build even better resources, reach even more people and have an even greater impact.
We’d like to thank the many who have supported us and look forward to continuing our work with all those who share our values.
We are grateful to work with many people and organisations who share our values and are determined to make a real difference when it comes to workplace mental health. We offer our special thanks to Fire & Rescue NSW and our Foundation Partners, Optus and NSW Ambulance. We would also like to acknowledge the support of UNSW Innovations and the Black Dog Institute, as well as our other valued clients, Reuters, St John Ambulance Northern Territory, The Australian Graduate School of Management (UNSW Business School) and NSW Health Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District. Additionally, we are proud to have received a Mental Health Matters Award from the NSW Mental Health Commission, the AFAC Leading Practice in Mental Health Award and been Highly Commended at the 2019 Resilient Australia Awards.
Our Do Good, Be Kind program supports those who dedicate themselves to supporting others. When you purchase RAW Mind Coach, you will help us to bring the program to some of the places where it is can make an important difference.
Mental Health Workers – at the Black Dog Institute, RAW Mind Coach is helping bolster the resilience of employees and enhance mental wellbeing.
Disability Support Workers – Rural Lifestyle Options Australia. Based in South-East Queensland and Northern NSW, RLOA exists to enrich the lives of people with a disability by creating choice, opportunities and skills for life. Founded by a group of families 36 years ago as a self-help group, the not for profit organisation now employs over 100 workers and delivers a wide range of services as part of the NDIS.
Dr Sadhbh (pronounced Sive) Joyce is a senior psychologist and researcher who works both clinically and academically. Originally from Ireland, Sadhbh has worked in Australia for the past 18 years. She attained an honours degree in Psychology and a Masters degree in Clinical Neuropsychology from Macquarie University, Sydney. In 2014 she was awarded an APA Scholarship and the UNSW Brain Sciences PhD grant-in-aid to complete her doctoral studies. Sadhbh holds full registration as a Psychologist with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA), full membership with the Australian Psychological Society (MAPS) and is accredited with Workcover, Australia. Sadhbh has held a number of academic teaching positions in psychology at the University of NSW and Macquarie University, Sydney Australia. She currently holds a conjoint academic position at UNSW and The Black Dog Institute.
Determined to bridge the gap between clinical research and the workplace, Sadhbh has focused on translating research into real-world solutions, which are practical, scalable and evidence-based. Sadhbh completed her PhD on resilience training in the workplace at the Black Dog Institute and UNSW’s Faculty of Medicine. Her PhD study involved developing and evaluating a novel mindfulness-based resilience training program for first-responders. The success of this program spurred the development of RAW Mind Coach, which has already been adopted by major employers including NSW Ambulance, Fire & Rescue NSW, Thomson Reuters, Optus, UNSW LAW, NSW Health, Corrective Services NSW and St John Ambulance NT. In 2018, RAW Mind Coach was awarded a Mental Health Matters Award from the NSW Mental Health Commission. In 2019, RAW received a highly-commended award from the NSW Government at the Resilience Australia Awards. In addition, FRNSW received the 2019 AFAC Leading Practice in Mental Health Award for implementing RAW Mind Coach across their workforce.
Sadhbh is also a qualified Hatha and Yin Yoga Teacher and is a Level 2 iRest Yoga Nidra Meditation teacher . She has a longstanding interest in the physical and psychological benefits of merging Eastern Philosophy and Western Psychology. Along with yoga, she enjoys meditation, hiking, poetry, playing irish music, spending time with dear friends and being out in nature.
A summary of Sadhbh’s recent research is listed below.
Joyce S, Shand F, Lal TJ, Mott B, Bryant RA, Harvey SB (2019). Resilience@Work Mindfulness Program: Results From a Cluster Randomized Controlled Trial With First Responders. J Med Internet Res 2019;21(2):e12894DOI: 10.2196/12894. Link: https://www.jmir.org/2019/2/e12894/
Joyce S, Tan L, Shand F, Bryant RA, Harvey SB. (2019). Can Resilience be Measured and Used to Predict Mental Health Symptomology Among First Responders Exposed to Repeated Trauma? Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine: 61(4), 285–292.doi: 10.1097/JOM.0000000000001526 Link: https://journals.lww.com/joem/Abstract/2019/04000/Can_Resilience_be_Measured_and_Used_to_Predict.4.aspx
Counson I, Hoseman D, Lal TJ, Mott B, Harvey SB, & Joyce S. (2019). Mental health and mindfulness amongst Australian fire fighters. BMC Psychology, 7; 34, https://doi.org/10.1186/s40359-019-0311-2
Joyce S, Shand F, Tighe J, Laurent SJ, Bryant RA, Harvey SB. (2018) Road to resilience: a systematic review and meta-analysis of resilience training programmes and interventions. BMJ Open 2018;8:e017858. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2017-017858 Link: https://bmjopen.bmj.com/content/8/6/e017858
Joyce S, Shand F, Bryant RA, Lal TJ, Harvey SB (2018). Mindfulness-Based Resilience Training in the Workplace: Pilot Study of the Internet-Based Resilience@Work (RAW) Mindfulness Program. Journal of Medical Internet Research. 20(9): e10326. DOI: 10.2196/10326. Link: https://www.jmir.org/2018/9/e10326/?utm_source=TrendMD&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=JMIR_TrendMD_0
Petrie, K., Joyce, S., Henderson, M., Johnson A., Nguyen, H., Modini, M., Groth, M., Glozier, N., & Harvey, S.B. (2017). A framework to create more mentally healthy workplaces: A viewpoint. Aust NZJ Psychiatry. DOI: 10.1177/0004867417726174
Joyce, S. Keynote presentation: “Resilience, emergency service workers & the Resilience At Work (RAW) Mindfulness Program: how do we build resilience in the workplace” Workplace Mental Health Conference. Canadian Conference Board: Toronto, Ontario, Canada, June 14th – 15th.
Joyce, S., Modini, M., Christensen, H.A., Mykletun, Bryant, R., Mitchell, P.B., & Harvey S.B. (2016) Workplace interventions for common mental disorders: a systematic meta-review. Psychological Medicine, 46, 683–697.
Harvey, S.B., Modini, M., Joyce, S., Milligan-Saville, J.S., Tan, L., Mykeltun, A., Bryant, R.A., Christensen, & Mitchell, P.B. (2017). Can work make you mentally ill? A systematic meta-review of work-related risk factors for common mental health problems. Occupational and Environmental Medicine (OEM) early access online: http://oem.bmj.com/content/early/2017/01/20/oemed-2016-104015
Modini, M., Joyce., Mykletun, A., Christensen, H., Bryant, R.A., Mitchell, P.B., & Harvey, S.B. (2016) The mental health benefits of employment: Results of a systematic review. Australasian Psychiatry, 24 (4), 331 – 336.
Harvey, S.B., Joyce, S., Tan, L., Johnson, A., Nguyen, H., Modini, M., & Groth, M. (2014). Developing a mentally healthy workplace: A review of the literature. Report prepared for The National Mental Health Commission, Australian Government.
Tan, L., Wang, M. J., Modini, M., Joyce, S., Mykletun, A., Christensen, H., & Harvey, S. (2014). Preventing the development of depression at work : a systematic review and meta-analysis of universal interventions in the workplace. BMC Medicine, 12, 74.
Harvey, S.B., Joyce, S., Modini, M., Christensen, H., Bryant, R., Mykletun A., & Mitchell P. (2013) Work and depression/anxiety disorders – a systematic review of reviews. Report prepared for Beyondblue, Australia.
Joyce, S., Harvey, S.B., Modini, M., Christensen, H., Bryant, R., Mykletun, A., & Mitchell, P.B. The role of work in the development of depression and anxiety disorders – a meta-review. Presented at the 7th World Congress of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, July 24th 2013, Lima, Peru.
Joyce, S., Harvey, S.B., Modini, M., Christensen, H., Bryant, R., Mykletun, A., & Mitchell, P.B. Interventions that address depression and anxiety disorders in the workplace – a meta-review. Presented at the 7th World Congress of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, July 24th 2013, Lima, Peru.
Jamie is the CEO and co-creator of rawmindcoach.com. An experienced copywriter, Jamie also has a background in multimedia, web development and e-learning. He believes education should never be boring and specialises in creating content which is fun, relatable and highly engaging. Jamie enjoys translating academic concepts into real world applications and is proud to be part of a program which promises significant benefits to mental health. Jamie holds a Bachelor of Business (marketing) and has qualifications in Training and Assessment.
Jamie is also a keen mountain-biker/golfer/volleyballer/kayaker, enjoys being in nature and writing whimisical poetry for his family and friends.
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Associate Professor Samuel Harvey is a Senior Lecturer in Workplace Mental Health in the School of Psychiatry, University of New South Wales (UNSW) and a Research Fellow at the Black Dog Institute. He is a psychiatrist, general practitioner and epidemiologist with a particular interest in the relationship between mental health and work. His post at UNSW is the first clinical academic position in workplace mental health in Australia and one of the very few academic positions worldwide to focus specifically on the relationship between mental health and work. Associate Professor Harvey provides expert advice in the development of RAW mind coach.
Monica is a Senior Clinical Psychologist with over 13 years experience in a range of mental health and educational settings, including drug and alcohol treatment services, prisons and forensic settings, private practice, and inpatient and outpatient psychiatric programs. She has extensive experience working with psychologically injuryed workers and is holds full accreditation with WorkCover Australia.
Monica is inspired by the process of assisting individuals to create meaningful change in their lives, with validation and understanding. She has developed inpatient and outpatient addictions programs for public and private clinics, and has a range of experience as a group program facilitator, including dialectical behaviour therapy, cognitive behaviour therapy, and programs for repeat drink drive offenders. Her private practice specialises in assisting individuals recover from trauma, substance use problems, anxiety, depression and anger management problems. She is also a certified Integrative Restoration Yoga Nidra teacher and has published research on yoga and meditation for mental health. She is a Board-Approved Supervisor of Provisional Psychologists with the College of Professional Psychology, and has lectured for several years with the NSW Institute of Psychiatry on a range of topics. She is currently the Unit Co-Ordinator of the Individual Therapies in Mental Health Care Unit for the Health Education & Training Institute (HETI). She has provided continuing education and supervision for a number of mental health services in the Sydney and Northern NSW area. She is also a keen meditator, mother, surfer and coffee-lover.
Tania is an experienced Senior Psychologist who believes it is incredibly important to take time to be in the moment! Her work aims to support people in developing psychological skills which empower us to honour our personal values and create rich, purposeful lives. Tania holds an Honours degree in Psychology, a Master of Clinical Neuropsychology and full membership with the Australia Psychological Society (MAPS).
Tania practises ACT, Compassion Focused & Mindfulness therapies as well as using neuropsychological techniques to implement cognitive assessment & training. She is influenced by both modern contextualized behavioural sciences and ancient Buddhist teachings and these are always present in her work. She has great interest in how the cognitive and emotional mind works as well as it’s connections with the body & personal well being. Being educated in cognitive neuropsychology, she loves to delve into the mystery that is our mind and explore it’s many fascinating elements. Tania is also an extensive traveller, language lover, mum and appreciates the joy of friendship and good food.
Dr Joe Tighe is a Senior Psychologist with international experience in the private, public and voluntary sectors. He specialises in innovation, psychological interventions, group work, clinical consultancy, men’s health, training and resource production. In private practice Joe takes a strengths based and values led approach to psychological wellbeing.
He obtained his psychology degree in the UK in 2006 and completed his PhD at the University of New South Wales/Black Dog Institute. Joe’s doctoral research involved the world’s first trial of the Black Dog Institute’s ibobbly app for suicide prevention. Joe was awarded a postgraduate scholarship to research the effectiveness of this mobile technology.
Joe also co-founded and managed the multiple award winning Alive & Kicking Goals! suicide prevention project in 2008, in Broome, Western Australia. Under his guidance the project received the Australian Medical Association’s leading primary healthcare award in 2014.
Natalie is a Senior Psychologist with specialist expertise in the development and facilitation of group therapy and training programs. She has an outstanding ability to teach psychological concepts and skills in a manner that is interactive, engaging and easily understood. Natalie is passionate about helping others to prioritise their wellbeing and emotional health. She has considerable experience working with psychologically injured workers and holds full accreditation with Workcover Australia.
In individual treatment, Natalie works with both adults and adolescents presenting with a range of issues including work-related stress, anxiety, depression, relationship concerns, life transitions, grief and loss and has considerable experience with workcover clients. Her approach to treatment is based on a collaborative process with the person to empower them to make change through validation and acceptance. Natalie utilises a range of evidence-based therapies in her practice, including mindfulness-based treatment, acceptance and commitment therapy, dialectical behaviour therapy and family system approaches.
Natalie holds a Postgraduate Diploma of Psychology, a Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology) and full registration as a Psychologist with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA). Natalie is also an avid traveller, mother, reader, beach lover and meditator.
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Having worked with a diverse range of workers including those from the emergency response sector over the past 15 years, Jenny sees many who become unwell due to psychological distress and burnout.
Jenny has an enduring passion to learn about mental health and mental illness. She is committed to protecting and improving mental health outcomes for all workers and aims to help not only those people struggling, but also to prevent stigma and bring a better understanding to families, friends, and the wider community.
“The range of psychopathology that one deals with on a daily basis in the mental health field can be broad and often difficult. However, if we tend to focus on mental illness, few will move beyond this as their major way of conceptualizing the world. Shifting the focus to mental health allows for growth, change and a general acceptance that it is the power of the individual and not necessarily the provider that fosters change and psychological well-being. Being aware of your mental health is important because it affects every single other facet of your daily living and functioning. Without awareness, it is difficult to pinpoint why you are so stressed or having problems with daily life. When you take a moment to stop and think about how you feel, it can be overwhelming sometimes, so we often ignore our mental health. Only when you acknowledge mental health issues are you able to seek treatment and function normally again. ‘Treatment’ can be something as simple as 5 minutes of meditation, getting a relaxing massage or sharing your feelings with someone who cares about you.” says Jenny
Jenny is determined to work in the mental health field until the day comes when a person with depression or anxiety or other mental health condition is treated with the same respect and equality as someone being treated for diabetes or the flu.
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Louise Howard is the Principal Manager Safety of one of Australia’s largest public transport infrastructure projects. Representing Transport for NSW on the $8.3 billion dollar Northwest Sydney Metro project due for completion in 2019.
Louise’s drive comes from working with both a great team of health and safety professionals in a collaborative approach, but also a personal experience of a workplace injury that has ignited her passion to keep people safe at work.
Louise has been a champion for mental health awareness and support in the workplace over the last ten years. A tangible example of Louise’s work was the development of The Sydney Trains’ Critical Incident framework. This provided a best practice model to support employees that experienced a significant level of trauma in the workplace.
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Miles Hunt is a lawyer, comedian and writer.
He has been working in personal injury law for 10 years specialising in workplace law, worker’s compensation, bullying and harassment and psychological injury claims. He has a strong interest in psychological injuries and has dealt with client’s suffering from a number of conditions including Depression, Anxiety, PTSD, and Workplace Stress.
He has dealt with a number of high profile legal cases dealing with Bullying and Harassment, Unfair and Unlawful Dismissal, Human Rights Abuses, Sexual Harassment, Victimisation and Discrimination (Racial, Sexual, Sexuality, and Pregnancy).
As a result of this, Miles has developed a strong understanding of psychological injuries and of client’s suffering from such conditions. He has a very good connection with many of his clients, often providing general advice and support as well as advocating for their rights.
Miles is more than just a lawyer. He has also been a stand-up comedian, performing solo shows and sketch shows at the Sydney and Adelaide Fringe Festivals. He ran for the Senate in 2013 and was the cofounder of drug law reform organisation Unharm, which is a community based group that seeks to reduce harms related to illicit drugs, and encourage Government’s to enact harm reduction policies.
He have written a number of books. His first novel was a self-published book about travelling in South America called Silhouettes of Men. This was followed by a book of philosophies called Thoughts of a Wanderer. A student of philosophy (and law at University), he studied at the School of Practical Philosophy and realised as he read such luminaries as Socrates, Buddha, Ghandi, Jesus and Shakespeare – that all people from across the world, from all ages of civilisation, have similar questions and thoughts about existence: a search for truth, justice, compassion and love are common to all people.
Using his love for Philosophy and Comedy, he wrote a satire about life, the universe and random chance called The Unfortunate Death of James Douglas O’Flaherty, which was published in 2017 by Australian Scholarly Publishing.
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Michelle is an experienced Strategy, Procurement and Business Development executive and has managed businesses in Canada, New Zealand and Australia.
Michelle is also a 500+ hr Yoga teacher and a dedicated Yoga student. She has a broad Yoga training background including Meditation, Yin, Hatha and Trauma informed Yoga.
Michelle is passionate about mindfulness and resilience based training and is an advocate for mental health; particularly in children. In 2004 she founded a charitable organization in her native Canada which provides access to sports for children in need. This program raises over $250,000 annually of which 100% goes to help kids in need.
Michelle is a keen traveller and has been fortunate to live in and visit many countries through her work, yoga and love of adventure.
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Sacha currently works as a Capacity Management Engineer in enterprise technology for the Commonwealth Bank. He has over twenty years of experience across multiple roles in the finance and technology sector and has worked both in Australia and the UK. Sacha is a keen sportsman and loves adventure, which has seen him travel to more than fifty countries across the globe.
Sacha is passionate about mental health, particularly the role that sport and exercise can play in improving our mental health generally. He is a keen advocate for equality and improving the lives of indigenous Australians, which will also lead to better mental health outcomes for marginalised groups within our community.