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Understanding mental illness and suicide prevention in the workplace

28 February 2019: 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

EPIC (Enterprise Precinct and Innovation Campus)
96-106 Manchester Street
Christchurch 8011

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Following on from the well-received ITP National event at the end of 2018, the ITP ChCh branch will commence the new year with a further event regarding wellness in the workplace.

The World Health Organisation believes that depression is the leading cause of disability in the world. Depression is just one of a whole host of mental illnesses, such as anxiety, addiction, eating disorders and many more.

Many people know that mental illness and suicide are significant issues within the workforce but they don't feel confident approaching these issues. This presentation will help all attendees know how to approach someone, what they should manage themselves and when they need to call in the professionals.

In this presentation you will gain…

  • A good understanding of mental illness, depression, anxiety, addiction, and psychosis, how to spot it and how to find appropriate help for it.
  • How to approach someone who you suspect may have a mental illness.
  • Your responsibilities as an employer to ensure a safe workplace.
  • A good overview of factors that lead to suicide.
  • How to approach someone who is suicidal and how to help and support them in the workplace.


Please arrive 5:30pm for a 5:45 start, after the presentation will be an opportunity for networking over light refreshments.

About The Speaker

Michael Hempseed is a very busy professional speaker. He usually delivers 3-4 workshops per week, on such diverse topics as overcoming failure, mental illness and suicide prevention. Michael gained an honours degree in psychology from the University of Canterbury in 2008.

Funny, full of enthusiasm and taking a genuine interest in people are all qualities that make Michael a captivating speaker. Recently Michael spoke at Tedx in Darwin. Michael has written a book called "Being a True Hero: Understanding and Preventing Suicide in your Community", it will be released Feb 20th.

Registration Details:

You can register for this event via Credit Card online now by using the link below, or alternatively call 0800 252 255 with your Credit Card details.

ITP Corporate Partners and approved organisations can opt to pay by invoice by calling 0800 252 255 or emailing attendee and business details through to Credit criteria and other conditions apply.

Please note that this session may be video or audio recorded for viewing by other members at a later date. As it is possible that audience members may be incidentally recorded, please let us know if you specifically want to be excluded and we will ensure you are not shown.

Attendance Cost

All ITP Financial MembersFREE
Staff of Corporate Partners (20% Discount)$17.39 + GST / $20.00 incl GST
Non-Members$21.74 + GST / $25.00 incl GST

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