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Breaking the silence and starting conversations about mental health in an innovative program titled FRESHminds has earned Sunshine Coast Council special recognition from Local Government Managers Australia.
FRESHminds won the Workplace Wellbeing category in the LGMA Awards for Excellence presented in Brisbane.
One of the most touching and innovative aspects of the program was a video featuring council employees sharing their mental health stories.
Mayor Mark Jamieson said by improving understanding of mental health and creating a supportive workplace where it is okay to talk, council was actively working to reduce any stigma while also helping staff to better support their colleagues.
“Ultimately, our staff are our greatest asset,” Mayor Jamieson said.