“The workshops are very practical and easy to understand, in just two-and-a-half hours you learn how to identify, reduce and manage signs of stress. You also learn how to start a conversation with someone who may be struggling and point them in the right direction to get more help.”
Terry says the response from staff has been really positive.
“The feedback is that they’re spending more time having meaningful conversations with others and have developed a greater awareness of their own mental health. GoodYarn teaches you it’s not about having all the answers but having the knowledge to do something,” says Terry.
Bruce agrees. “In the beginning people are a bit reserved, but by the end of each session everyone says what a good a programme it is. It shows you that the way we talk about physical injuries is just as important as the way we talk about mental health.”
More recently the workshops have been rolled out across other areas of Fonterra and Terry says it’s great to see such a focus on mental health.
“Fonterra cares about its people and understands good mental wellbeing is an essential part of a healthy, safe and productive workplace. GoodYarn is just one of the ways we focus on issues that are important to us all and help our people achieve optimal wellness, resilience and positive mental health.”