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TOGETHER WE BUILD WELLNESS.

genU Training’s Virtual Mental Health Future Expo is an exploration of how conversations around Mental Health can transform lives, build resilience, and bond communities.

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Our Keynote Speakers

Osher Gunsberg is our keynote speaker at the Mental Health Future Expo

Osher Günsberg

Media Personality & Mental Health Advocate

Osher has been a guest in the living rooms of Australian’s for nearly 2 decades on our TV’s, Radios, podcasts and most recently in his memoir ‘Back, After the Break’. Currently, Osher hosts Network Ten’s The Bachelor Franchise, and The Masked Singer. In this 1-hour session, Osher will take us through his lived experience with mental illness, and how he has conquered the hidden illness and used this to help others with their own battles.

Amongst his many accolades, Osher was the Director the board of SANE Australia from 2016 – 2019,  advocating for change in attitudes in our society about complex mental illness , as well as Ambassador for leading children’s charity The Shepperd Centre, educating the public to assist children who are born deaf or hearing impaired, and supports World Bicycle Relief who provide bicycle distribution programs to aid poverty relief in developing countries around the world.  Osher is also a passionate photographer, cyclist, plant eater and coffee connoisseur, he lives with his wife, son,  step daughter and their mischievous cavoodles.

Connect with Osher Günsberg:

Website / Facebook / Instagram

Speaking Thursday 7th of October 12pm-1pm

Tom Boyd

Ex-AFL Star & Mental Health Awareness Advocate

Tom Boyd was the country’s best young talent coming through the AFL junior ranks, which had many in the public believe he could single-handedly change the fortunes and success of the any club for many years to come. Ultimately, the Western Bulldogs experienced this with Tom playing a pivotal role in the drought breaking 2016 Premiership.

For more than two years since publicly addressing his struggles with mental health and retiring from the AFL, Tom has shared his story in hope of shifting the conversation and having a positive impact on people’s lives.

Connect with Tom Boyd:

Instagram

 

Speaking Wednesday 6th of October 12pm-1pm

Jess Hill

Journalist, Author & Producer

Jess Hill is a Walkley-award winning investigative journalist who’s been reporting on domestic abuse for several years. Prior to this, she was a Middle East correspondent, and worked as both a producer and reporter for various programs across the ABC, including AM, PM, The World Today, and Background Briefing. In 2019, she published her first book, See What You Made Me Do, about the phenomenon of domestic abuse in Australia. 

This session will address the mechanics of coercive control: the techniques commonly used by perpetrators; how various abuses combine to create a system of entrapment; and how our systems too often end up colluding with perpetrators and facilitating their abuse. I’ll also be addressing the basic styles of perpetration we see most commonly, and how these perpetrators behave abusively in private and in public. 

Connect with Jess:

Facebook / Website

Speaking Monday 4th of October 12pm-1pm

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Schedule

Day 1
4th October

8:00 – 9:00

Suicide Awareness - Interactive Session

Join us for an interactive discussion about suicide.

Join us for an interactive discussion about suicide. Sadly, eight Australians die by suicide every day, it is the leading cause of death for those aged 15-44 years.

The purpose of this session is to talk about what we can do to de-stigmatize suicide, to help you feel more able to support someone who might be at risk of suicide, and to talk openly about this taboo topic in a safe space. This is your opportunity to ask the tough questions and to walk away with some knowledge and skills that might one day help you to save a life.

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12:00 – 1:00

See What You Made Me Do with Jess Hill

Jess Hill is a Walkley-award winning investigative journalist who’s been reporting on domestic abuse for several years.

Prior to this, she was a Middle East correspondent, and worked as both a producer and reporter for various programs across the ABC, including AM, PM, The World Today, and Background Briefing. In 2019, she published her first book, See What You Made Me Do, about the phenomenon of domestic abuse in Australia.

This session will address the mechanics of coercive control: the techniques commonly used by perpetrators; how various abuses combine to create a system of entrapment; and how our systems too often end up colluding with perpetrators and facilitating their abuse. I’ll also be addressing the basic styles of perpetration we see most commonly, and how these perpetrators behave abusively in private and in public.

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Day 2
5th October

8:00 – 9:30

Engaging Leaders 1

The MHFA Engaging Leaders course is a 90-minute session designed for senior leaders, decision-makers and influencers.

It equips participants with information about MHFA Australia and how our courses can be used as part of a broader strategy to create mentally healthy workplaces. Providing this session to leaders will open up a conversation about:

  1. Why supporting the mental health of employees is important
  2. Benefits of MHFA to their workplace
  3. Results of evaluations of the MHFA courses

The session has been designed to turn leaders into champions of the Mental Health First Aid program.

Register

12:00 – 1:30

Engaging Leaders 2

The MHFA Engaging Leaders course is a 90-minute session designed for senior leaders, decision-makers and influencers.

It equips participants with information about MHFA Australia and how our courses can be used as part of a broader strategy to create mentally healthy workplaces.

Providing this session to leaders will open up a conversation about:

  1. Why supporting the mental health of employees is important
  2. Benefits of MHFA to their workplace
  3. Results of evaluations of the MHFA courses

The session has been designed to turn leaders into champions of the Mental Health First Aid program.

Register

12:00 – 1:00

Tuning into Teens

1 in 4 young people will experience mental health issues and most of them will not seek help.

There are many reasons why, although stigma plays a major role. Completing a Youth Mental Health First Aid course will help you to develop the skills to assist a young person who may be experiencing a mental health problem or crisis, using a practical, evidence-based action plan.

You will learn to recognise and respond to a young person who may be experiencing common mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, problematic substance use, panic attacks, self-harm and suicidal thoughts. Less common mental health issues such as psychosis and eating disorders are also covered.

You’ll learn how to help someone to access the support they might need to manage their symptoms as part of their recovery journey, including school and community based supports.

You will also learn how to actively reduce stigma in your school community by responding appropriately to myths and misconceptions about mental illness.

Tuning in to Teens® is an evidence-based parenting program that provides parents with skills and strategies to help with everyday parenting challenges. The course teaches ‘emotion coaching’ – how to recognise, understand and respond to children’s emotions in an accepting and supportive way. The program has proven success in improving parenting, parent-child relationships, including developing skills to assist your child in problem solving and building resilience.

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Day 3
6th October

8:00 – 9:00

Autism and NSSI- Non Suicidal Self Injury

Join us as Jules Haddock explores this topic, with her expertise as a trainer as well as a mother of a young man on the Spectrum.

No two people with Autism will experience life the same. For this reason, we need to understand the variances under the diagnosis.

These include: Strengths, Communication, Social Interactions, Leisure and play, Sensory influences, Thought processes, and Experiencing and Comorbidity, or the presentation of anxiety or depression, can see people on the Autism Spectrum, vulnerable to engaging in NSSI- Non-Suicidal Self Injury.

The more confident we are in our understanding of comorbidity, and NSSI, the more equipped we will be in not only identifying triggers to this behaviour but encouraging an environment of calm.

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12:00 – 1:00

Happiness & Balance with Tom Boyd

Tom Boyd was the country’s best young talent coming through the AFL junior ranks, which had many in the public believe he could single-handedly change the fortunes and success of the any club for many years to come.

Ultimately, the Western Bulldogs experienced this with Tom playing a pivotal role in the drought breaking 2016 Premiership. For more than two years since publicly addressing his struggles with mental health and retiring from the AFL, Tom has shared his story in hope of shifting the conversation and having a positive impact on people’s lives.

Come along to this webinar to hear Tom speak to us about his journey and the techniques he used during his AFL career and continues to use in order to achieve happiness and balance. At the age of 25, Tom communicates his story brilliantly to youths and adults as his story transcends across many demographics.

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Day 4
7th October

12:00 – 1:00

Conquering Mental Illness: Osher Günsberg’s Journey

Join us in conversation with Osher Günsberg, one of Australia’s most recognisable media personalities.

Osher has been a guest in the living rooms of Australian’s for nearly 2 decades on our TV’s, Radios, podcasts and most recently in his memoir ‘Back, After the Break’.

Currently, Osher hosts Network Ten’s The Bachelor Franchise, and The Masked Singer. In this 1-hour session, Osher will take us through his lived experience with mental illness, and how he has conquered the hidden illness and used this to help others with their own battles.

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Day 5
8th October

8:00 – 9:30

Engaging Leaders 3

The MHFA Engaging Leaders course is a 90-minute session designed for senior leaders, decision-makers and influencers.

It equips participants with information about MHFA Australia and how our courses can be used as part of a broader strategy to create mentally healthy workplaces. Providing this session to leaders will open up a conversation about:

  1. Why supporting the mental health of employees is important
  2. Benefits of MHFA to their workplace
  3. Results of evaluations of the MHFA courses

The session has been designed to turn leaders into champions of the Mental Health First Aid program.

Register

12:00 – 1:30

Engaging Leaders 4

The MHFA Engaging Leaders course is a 90-minute session designed for senior leaders, decision-makers and influencers.

It equips participants with information about MHFA Australia and how our courses can be used as part of a broader strategy to create mentally healthy workplaces. Providing this session to leaders will open up a conversation about:

  1. Why supporting the mental health of employees is important
  2. Benefits of MHFA to their workplace
  3. Results of evaluations of the MHFA courses

The session has been designed to turn leaders into champions of the Mental Health First Aid program.

Register
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Day 6
11th October

8:00 – 9:00

Using Exercise for Mental Health

More and more, physical activity and exercise is being recognised as a tool that can positively impact mental and emotional health and build social connectivity.

In this presentation, Michelle Hemley, Exercise Physiologist and Active Geelong Executive Support covers:.

  • How the body responds to exercise and why you often feel better after a brisk walk
  • The latest evidence for exercise being used to impact mental health and as an intervention for clinical mental health conditions
  • Case studies of exercise impacting mental health in schools, workplaces and community groups
  • The vision of Active Geelong for Geelong to be recognised as one of Australia’s most active regions

Michelle will also dive into her own experience with post traumatic stress and how exercises was key to regaining her own mental health.

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12:00 – 1:00

Mindfulness - Body Scan

Michelle will lead a mindfulness session based on a body scan. You will be given the option to sit (or lie down) in a comfortable position and follow a body based awareness practice. The purpose of this session is to give you the opportunity to tune in to your body—to reconnect to your physical self—and notice any sensations you're feeling without judgement.

Michelle Date has provided professional counselling since 2007 and has been engaged in health and wellbeing practices for more than three decades. Michelle uses a range of therapeutic approaches in her counselling practice to support clients to improve their mental health and wellbeing and manage emotional difficulties such as anxiety, depression, grief, stress or anger

Michelle has extensive experience leading groups and working as a mentor, coach, counsellor and yoga teacher. She has also developed and facilitated specialist yoga programs for people with chronic pain, illness and injury enabling people to find steadiness in change.

Michelle loves to sing in choirs (when we can) and is (still) learning to play the Ukulele

Qualifications: MA of Counselling; Grad Dip Couns HS;BHSc; Grad Cert Family Therapy; Dip AD Advanced Somatics; Certificate IV TAE; Dip Yoga; Awakening Joy course facilitator

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Day 7
12th October

12:00 – 1:00

Connected Communities Panel

Why are connections important to our mental wellbeing?

What does being mentally-connected’ look like? Join us in this panel discussion featuring an experienced selection of guest speakers with varied backgrounds from across the local community.

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