Wellbeing & How to Improve It - Mental Fitness: Converge International - Page 21



STR AT EGI ES
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Given the broad range of factors, themes, risks,
dynamics, life circumstances, behavioural drivers and
motivators that are identified during our assessment
phase, the strategies for wellbeing improvement and
remediation may also be broad and varied. Rarely do
we find two organisations needing exactly the same
solution.
Usually we tidy up the policy platform to support
a solid organisational wellbeing strategy. Most
organisations have an existing safety and physical
wellbeing focus in their existing policies. This is often
a great starting point for extending into mental health,
psychological wellbeing and wellness in general.
Strategies can be sought for whole teams who, as
a result of their role, undertake highly challenging
community facing roles (such as police, ambulance,
child protection workers) that are inherently
unpredictable and stressful.
Sometimes, we provide strategies for teams
vicariously impacted by their exposure to stressful
information or images (such as courts, government
employees working with information arising from
theatres of war). In these cases, whole of team
wellbeing and support strategies way be required to
mitigate immediate risk and manage risk over time.
This is where things can become very broad and
diverse as each organisation and teams’ needs will
vary. Our research around wellbeing always informs
our response, with an understanding that helping
individuals take control of those things in their lives
that are under their own control will contribute to
ensuring their wellbeing is maximised and that the
organisation is functioning at the highest level.
SU PPORT
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With sensitive mental health and psychological
wellbeing matters, people often prefer us as an arm’s
length independent party to assist with providing
whatever necessary supports may be required. This
sometimes also involves working closely with GPs
and experts in the community. Our consultants
are trained to explore practical, immediately
implementable approaches with individuals and these
are focused around the activities identified through
this research such as sleep, exercise, mindfulness,
positive thinking, social networks and so on, which
have been proven to be effective.
ADVAN CI N G TH E AGE N DA
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We want to be a part of the conversation and
ongoing research, making best use of the evidence
already uncovered and putting practical tools into
the hands of as many people as possible. With
that in mind, we developed the Converge model
of Mental Fitness by drawing on the extensive
wellbeing research that exists.
We have built a Mental Fitness app which is
designed to measure Wellbeing, Mental Fitness
and Life Stress. Additionally, because we are using
the app in the context of a workplace, we also ask
questions that measure some aspects of a person’s
workplace and the nature of their role. But the
main focus of the app is to support people to take
charge of their Mental Fitness, understanding which
activities they could benefit from incorporating into
their life to raise their wellbeing.
WELLBEING AND HOW TO IMPROVE IT | A WHITE PAPER FROM CONVERGE INTERNATIONAL | 2020
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