People are accessing mental health services more than ever before, to receive the help they so desperately need. This is such great news! However, this is putting an enormous amount of pressure on our mental health professionals. Safework Australia reports that factors such as exposure to trauma and loss, high job demand, poor environmental conditions and remote work, contribute to poor mental health for a worker and lead to increased staff turnover, absenteeism and low productivity. sUpport for the Mental Health Professional is an online community membership built on the foundations of Authenticity, Respect, Compassion, Community and Advocacy. Mental Health Professionals pay for a sUpport membership which gives them access to evidence-based support to help with ongoing mental health care. Almost like a gym, but instead of working out the body, sUpport helps to build and sustain their mental health whilst they go about tending to the public’s mental health needs.
Why sUpport is needed for the mental health professional
The health and wellbeing of the mental health professional is under threat with the growing need of our community for mental health services. The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare reported between March 2020 and April 2021, over 15 million MBS-subsidised mental health-related services were processed; with a 17.8% increase reported between April 2019 to April 2021. People are now more than ever, accessing mental health services to receive the help they so desperately need. This is such great news! However, this is putting an enormous amount of pressure on our mental health services and the professionals.
Even before the pandemic the waitlists to see a mental health professional were long. General news reporter for the NCA NewsWire, Erin Lyons recently reported that there is at least a 3 month wait to see a psychologist and a large proportion of psychologists books are closed because they are at capacity.
This increased demand on our mental health professionals is putting them at greater risk for common mental health syndromes and conditions suffered by mental health professionals. Safework Australia reports the health and social/welfare worker sector is amongst those at higher risk for mental health conditions such as depression and PTSD and work-related syndromes such as career burnout, compassion fatigue and vicarious trauma. Factors such as exposure to trauma and loss, high job demand, poor environmental conditions and remote work contribute to poor mental health for a worker.
Unfortunately all of this comes with a high price for the individual mental health professional, the services they are attached to and the community. Individual effects on the mental health professional include increased illness, sick days, loss of income, poor work productivity, decreased job satisfaction, questioning professional abilities, relationship distress to name a few; organisational effects include high staff turnover, increased absenteeism and low productivity; and for the community the effects include loss to the economy, availability of timely and adequate health care.
Now more than ever our mental health professionals are needing our help, to assist them in being able to continue to provide the vital care needed by our vulnerable community members.
Introducing sUpport membership: sUpport for the Mental Health
Professional is unlike any other service currently in existence for mental health professionals. Mental Health Professionals pay for a membership which gives them access to evidence-based support to help with ongoing mental health care. Almost like a gym, but instead of working out the body, sUpport helps to build and sustain their mental health whilst they go about tending to the public’s mental health needs. The members book into online classes at a set time and converse with community members on the website when they need. It’s flexible and endeavours to hold members accountable to attending the courses provided by sending reminders and checking in after the session.
SCHEDULED 30 min INTERACTIVE sessions
EVIDENCE-INFORMED and SKILLS-BASED sessions (CPD hours)
FLEXIBLE and ONGOING sessions available morning, evening and on weekends
Delivered by QUALIFIED professionals
ACCOUNTABILITY tools to support your learning, development and attendance to sessions. A safe, secure, and supportive COMMUNITY of people.
Thank you - your self care matters - $1.00
Every backer will receive the following:
- Self care pack including: tea/coffee, face mask, bliss ball, quote on a card, candle, seedlings, sprig of lavender, a how to guide for hand massage with oils and an invite to a sUpport thank you/launch style party
Appreciation note - $1
Thank you for your generosity. Your pledge will go to ensuring your mental health professionals have a service to go to, to support their mental health.
Discounted membership rate - $200
25% off a one year membership with sUpport. Not a mental health professional, no worries! Gift this to a mental health professional and make their day.
50% off a sUpport membership - $500
50% off a one year membership with sUpport. Not a mental health professional, no worries! Gift this to a mental health professional and make their day.
Complimentary 1 year membership - $750
A one year membership with sUpport. Not a mental health professional, no worries! Gift this to a mental health professional and make their day.
Professional development seminar - $1000
Complimentary workshop delivery - $1500
Free advertising - $2000
sUpport expansion dreams- $10000.00
Davina and Shannon would love to ensure we are providing a top quality product to our members and to do that we need the help of creative professionals to bring our vision to life. The extra $10,000 will ensure our product is of a high standard. The money will go towards filming and editing of membership content. It will go to adding tools into the website for members to access to support their ongoing mental health care such as content from other experts (e.g., dieticians on food and mental health). If we were to succeed in securing this extra funding it will also go to expanding our reach to those who will benefit from our service, the mental health professionals of our community by funding marketing campaigns.