cross custodial, corporate and community groups.
delivered—covering the diverse groups of people under their care.
awareness has reduced stigma across the board.
A key purpose of The Department of Corrections’ work is the wellness and wellbeing of their people. A team of 50 people work on health, safety and wellbeing, charged with supporting 10,000 staff across custodial, corporate and community groups. The Department of Corrections had a strategic vision to better engage their people around the key areas such as flu vaccinations and mental health in the workplace.
A United Front
The Department of Corrections and Vitality Works were united in their passion for supporting the health and wellbeing of their people. The department leveraged its seasonal wellbeing programs and added world-class programs in workplace flu vaccinations from Vitality Works, using a voucher system and onsite vaccinations. They also implemented Vitality Works’ Mental Health Essentials program, via a series of on-site workshops, to help equip the Corrections team with additional knowledge and skills around mental health.
Essential Support for Essential Workers
A major impact flowed from the Mental Health Essentials program. Where stigmas were once common—as in all sectors—the program helped increase awareness and open conversations about mental health. This enabled staff to improve their own health and start conversations around boosting their own resilience.