The Finance Broker Association of Australia (FBAA) will be hosting a professional development day for its brokers focusing solely on mental health issues.
The event will be held on R U OK? Day on 14 September at the Melbourne Convention Centre as the first of a range of initiatives planned for 2017 and 2018 to support those facing challenges around mental illness.
Partnering with key stakeholders in the field, the FBAA will be advocating for improved mental health support within the finance industry.
“This is our first step as the mental health advocate for the industry and we believe it’s a vitally important issue that needs to be addressed,” FBAA executive director Peter White said.
“Mental health challenges in the broker sector are rising and we need to look after our industry family and make sure we can do everything we can to support them when times get tough.”
The upcoming event will include a number of presentations from mental health experts who will cover topics such as dealing with mental health in the workplace and achieving a healthy work-life balance.
Future initiatives by the FBAA around this area will include dedicated mental health discussion panels at the association’s upcoming industry conference on 24 November on the Gold Coast. Rock icon and mental health ambassador Angry Anderson will also speak at the national conference about his own personal struggle against depression.
These are just the first steps of a concentrated mental health campaign that the FBAA will be rolling out to support the finance and mortgage industry, White said.
“We want to encourage everyone to talk openly about this subject to their friends and colleagues if they are facing challenges, as having the conversation is extremely important.”
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