SuperFriend welcomes Productivity Commission’s push for broader, earlier mental health support

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SuperFriend welcomes the release of the highly anticipated final report from the Productivity Commission Inquiry into Mental Health, and commends the Commission for recognising the need for an improved mental health system with a broader approach to non-clinical settings such as workplaces, education, justice and community settings. SuperFriend believes that creating a person-centred approach focused

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The impact of COVID-19 on Australian workers has been profound, according to Australia’s largest workplace mental health study

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Australia’s largest workplace mental health study found that three in five workers experienced a mental health condition this year (up almost 9 percentage points from 2019), with many struggling for the first time during the pandemic. The new research, released today by SuperFriend, also showed clear benefits of improved financial and mental health outcomes for

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Local Government Super invests in mental health through partnership with SuperFriend

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NSW based Local Government Super (LGS) has announced its partnership with national workplace mental health organisation SuperFriend, effective 1 October. LGS was first established in 1997 to serve the superannuation and retirement needs of those working in NSW Local Government occupations. However, it is now open to any working Australian and manages approximately $12 billion

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Commonwealth Superannuation Corporation invests in mental health

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One of Australia’s largest super trustees, Commonwealth Superannuation Corporation (CSC), has announced its partnership with workplace mental health organisation SuperFriend, effective 12 August. CSC is trustee for 11 super funds, collectively managing around $50 billion in funds under management for 730,000 Government and Australian Defence Force employees. SuperFriend will support employers and customers of CSC’s super funds, in

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Demand for mental health training increases as Australians adjust to the ‘new normal’

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SuperFriend, the national workplace mental health and wellbeing organisation, has seen increased demand for mental health and wellbeing training from Australian workplaces for their employees amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Since social distancing measures were enforced in March, SuperFriend has seen a marked increase in demand for its support, delivering more than 80 mental health and

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New SuperFriend Board and Committee appointments from AustralianSuper, OnePath and LUCRF Super

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Workplace mental health organisation SuperFriend has appointed AustralianSuper’s Rose Kerlin as its newest fund representative Director, effective May 2020, alongside two new appointments to the Board’s Expert Advisory Committee. Ms Kerlin joins the Board following the recent departure in April of long-standing Director Paul Schroder, who contributed significantly to SuperFriend’s growth and success during his ten-year

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SuperFriend ramps up online workplace mental health training amid COVID-19 pandemic

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SuperFriend, the national workplace mental health and wellbeing organisation, has developed a suite of virtual training solutions to support workforces and people leaders during the COVID-19 pandemic. SuperFriend has experienced a spike in queries from partner super funds, insurers and workplaces about supporting their employees during this challenging period. Increased pressure on the superannuation industry

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Australian female workers are experiencing more mental health conditions than men 

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Over half of all Australian women in the workforce (55%) have reportedly experienced a mental health condition, with a quarter believing their workplace either caused, or worsened their mental health condition, according to research released today from SuperFriend. The Gender Identity Report is a snapshot taken from SuperFriend’s annual Indicators of a Thriving Workplace (ITW)

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Work causing or exacerbating mental ill-health for 1 in 5 Australians according to new research

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SuperFriend, a national mental health organisation that partners with the superannuation and insurance industries, has released results from Australia’s largest workplace mental health survey. It confirms that for many workers, their workplace has caused or exacerbated their mental health condition. The results also showed clear benefits for organisations that invest in targeted mental health initiatives

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SuperFriend and MetLife pilot innovative approach for customers

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Workplace mental health specialist SuperFriend has been working with life insurance partner, MetLife Australia, to pilot an innovative new program designed to provide enhanced support to customers navigating a claim. The program uses a Person-Centred Communication approach (also known as ‘motivational interviewing’), which has delivered improved outcomes internationally for both customers and the claims management

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