Momentum Media recognised for commitment to mental health

Momentum Media recognised for commitment to mental health

11 November 2021

The company has been awarded a gold level recognition for its commitment to mental health in the workplace.

Momentum Media is now recognised as a Gold Level Mental Health First Aid Skilled Workplace.

Mental Health First Aid Australia has recognised Momentum Media as a Gold Level Mental Health First Aid Skilled Workplace for its significant achievements in developing mental health first aid skills in its staff and embedding a sustainable and effective program.

The Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Skilled Workplace Program aims to recognise workplaces for their commitment to mental health first aid training.

It celebrates organisations that invest in developing mental health first aid skills in their staff, while demonstrating dedication and a strong commitment to embedding the program into the organisation’s culture through initiatives such as senior leadership support, relevant policies, supporting mental health first aid officers, and ongoing improvement.

Momentum Media has earned this recognition after embedding various initiatives in 2021 to support its staff during the very challenging period of the COVID-19 crisis, multiple lockdowns and restrictions, and remote working.

For example, it established The Wellness Advocacy Group (WAG), which is an employee-driven initiative that seeks to support managers.

Explaining the initiative, Momentum Media co-founder and director Alex Whitlock said: “The need was identified during lockdown as we were facing multiple challenges including employee motivational levels and the need for mental health support.

“We had a dedicated number of employees who were concerned for their peers and wanted to make a difference by supporting their buddies through this time.”

In addition, all senior managers participated in the Mental Health First Aid training this year, at the end of which 100 per cent of senior management at Momentum Media became Mental Health First Aid accredited.

Mr Whitlock said the training sessions were both rewarding and enlightening.

He added that he is pleased with the recognition the company has received as a Mental Health First Aid Skilled Workplace and that nurturing the mental health of staff has been paramount for the company, particularly during the COVID-19 crisis.

“We think it is important to ensure that we’re able to provide our people with the best possible support,” he said.

“Now more than ever, it is important for businesses to take a more proactive approach to providing mental health support for their employees.”

He concluded: “We will continue to support our people through our initiatives and prioritise their mental health.”