Media Release: Major new workplace mental health awards progamme launched

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HeadFit in association with charity partner the Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand are proud to announce the launch of the HeadFit Awards.

The awards are New Zealand’s first national workplace mental health awards programme. They were established to celebrate individuals, teams and workplaces who are leading in the area of workplace mental health and have three primary goals:

  • raising awareness of the critical role workplaces can play to support positive mental health for staff
  • showcasing the work of winners and finalists to inspire and support other workplaces
  • supporting the Mental Health Foundation as they work to improve mental health for all New Zealanders

“The workplace isn’t the final frontier for better mental health, it is the first frontier. We all have a role to play. The HeadFit Awards are here to recognise Kiwi trailblazers and share their insights with other workplaces,” says awards convenor Grant Pritchard.

Awards and entries

The awards comprise 16 awards categories split into three divisions. The awards are open to all workplaces and staff located in New Zealand, including public and private sector organisations of any type, industry or size. Entry is free and entries can be submitted via the awards website at https://www.headfitawards.org/. Entries are open now and close on Friday, 9 July 2021.

Finalists will be announced in early August, and winners will be announced during Mental Health Awareness Week 2021 on the evening of 29 September at a charity gala dinner and awards ceremony. Tickets to the gala dinner and awards ceremony will be available to purchase from the date on which the finalists are announced.

Sponsors

The HeadFit Awards 2021 are proudly brought to you by Principal Sponsor WorkSafe, and sponsors AIABenestar, Ember InnovationsMinistry of HealthRussell McVeaghSpark, Woo Wellbeing and Xero. Additional sponsorship opportunities are available, and are being progressively announced as they are confirmed.

WorkSafe Chief Executive Phil Parkes says “We are thrilled to be supporting this important national event. Mental health in the workplace is incredibly important. WorkSafe is delighted to be supporting this important event which will recognise good initiatives. “The awards also provide an opportunity for businesses to use insights and best-practice examples from the winners and finalists to accelerate the pace of positive change in workplace mental health across Aotearoa.”

Charity partnership

The Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand has also been named charity partner for the awards. “We are pleased to announce that the Mental Health Foundation is our charity partner for the awards. We’re excited that the awards will be able to support the Mental Health Foundation’s important work to create a more mentally-healthy future for all New Zealanders,” says Pritchard.

Mental Health Foundation CEO Shaun Robinson adds “This stuff matters. All businesses need to prioritise the wellbeing of workers by implementing mana-enhancing policy. We can’t wait to see the nominations rolling in for the HeadFit Awards and look forward to learning more about the great work that we know is happening in Kiwi workplaces.”

Awards categories

The 16 awards categories are grouped into Individual, Programme and Excellence and Workplace divisions:

Individual Awards

  • Specialist of the Year
  • Employee of the Year
  • Lived Experience Leadership
  • Leader of the Year
  • Legend Award for Lifetime Achievement

Programme and Excellence Awards

  • Best Emerging Programme
  • Best Targeted Programme
  • Neurodiversity & Inclusion Leadership
  • Technology & Innovation Excellence
  • Learning & Development Excellence
  • Engagement & Communication Excellence

Workplace Awards

  • Provider of the Year
  • Small Workplace of the Year
  • Large Workplace of the Year
  • Public Sector Workplace of the Year
  • Supreme Award

Additional quotes

HeadFit
Grant Pritchard
The workplace isn’t the final frontier for better mental health, it is the first frontier. We all have a role to play. The HeadFit Awards are here to recognise Kiwi trailblazers and share their insights with other workplaces.We are delighted to appoint WorkSafe as principal sponsor for the HeadFit Awards. WorkSafe’s focus and strategic thinking on mental health at work is evident through the establishment of its Mentally Healthy Work division and programme. We’re also pleased to announce that the Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand has been appointed as charity partner for the HeadFit Awards.

We are excited that the HeadFit Awards will be supporting the Mental Health Foundation’s important work to create a more mentally-healthy future for all New Zealanders.” – Grant Pritchard
Director, HeadFit Foundation
Mental Health Foundation
Shaun Robinson
This stuff matters. All businesses need to prioritise the wellbeing of workers by implementing mana-enhancing policy. The HeadFit Awards are a chance for us to recognise and celebrate the incredible leadership and work of individuals and organisations from across New Zealand to improve how we talk about and address mental health at work.

We can’t wait to see the nominations rolling in for the HeadFit Awards and look forward to learning more about the great work that we know is happening in Kiwi workplaces.” – Shaun Robinson
CEO, Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand
WorkSafe
Phil Parkes
WorkSafe is pleased to confirm its appointment as principal sponsor for the HeadFit Award, and to support this important national event.Through its Mentally Healthy Work team and programme, WorkSafe is championing mentally-healthy work and providing resources and guidelines to help employers to create mentally-healthy workplaces.

The awards are not only a great opportunity to recognise the individuals and teams who are leading and innovating to improve mental health at work. We can also use insights and best-practice examples from the winners and finalists to inspire other workplaces and help accelerate the pace of positive change in workplace mental health across Aotearoa.” – Phil Parkes
CEO, WorkSafe New Zealand

About

About HeadFit

HeadFit provides training, development and consulting services to New Zealand workplaces. HeadFit was created to help workplaces take a fresh look at how they do mental health at work. Because if we can change how we do mental health at work, we can change the world.

About the Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand

Mental Health Foundation is New Zealand’s leading mental health charity. It provides resources, information, advocacy and programmes aimed at helping to create a society that is free from discrimination, where all people enjoy positive mental health & wellbeing.

Media contacts

For more information and interviews please use the following contacts or the contact details at https://www.headfitawards.org/contact/:

  • Mark Wilson
    Team Lead, Public Relations & Media Engagement
    Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand
    Mobile: 021 998 949
  • Grant Pritchard
    Director
    HeadFit Foundation Limited
    Mobile: 021 343 121
Awards Ceremony & Gala Dinner Tickets

All remaining tickets for the Awards Ceremony & Gala Dinner are now available for purchase, up to a maximum total ticket allocation of 10 tickets per organisation.

There are currently only 32 tickets remaining, and these can be purchased on a first-come-first-served basis. Order now.

Principal Sponsor
WorkSafe
Sponsors
AIA VitalityAll About People
ANZCO FoodsBenestar
Business Leaders' Health & Safety ForumEmployers & Manufacturers Association
Ember InnovationsMentemia
Ministry of Health
PwC New ZealandRussell McVeagh
SparkThe Warehouse Group
Whittaker'sWoo Wellbeing
Xero
Selected Category Sponsor opportunities are still available. Please visit the sponsorship page for more details or contact us to request a sponsorship prospectus.
Charity Partner
Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand
Event Delivery Partners
Awards Trophy & Engraving ExpertsCreative Eye
Dave Simpson PhotographyMatley Chartered Accountants
Edwards Sound, Lighting & AVOutspoken
Sorrento in the Park
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