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Addressing the stigma of mental health in the workplace

Addressing the Stigma of Mental Health in the Workplace

Promoting mental health in the workplace benefits everyone; we all have a role to play in looking after our own mental health and in creating a mentally healthy workplace. Brief snapshot of mental illness in Australia In each year, approximately one in every five Australians will experience a mental illness. About 4% of people will […]

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An honest guide to picking a disability employment provider

If you are eligible to use a Disability Employment Service (DES provider) then you get to choose which one you want to go to. It is your right to choose and change DES providers if they do not meet your expectation. This right is protected by the National Standards for Disability Services. Many people report […]

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CHESS is now a Workplace Rehabilitation Provider!

CHESS is looking forward to providing this much needed, specialised service to help local workers recover at and/or return to work.

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Following a suggestion from my GP, I was referred to CHESS Nambucca Heads approximately 3 years ago. I attended my appointments with Mum as I did not feel confident enough to do this on my own.

With the ongoing support of my EC I was able to gain training in the Hospitality Industry and after completing my Cert 3 traineeship I was offered a position at Macksville Ex-Services Club.

I have now been employed by the Club for 2 years and absolutely love my new life. I am so much more confident, have new friends, am motivated and have money to buy things for myself.

My new found confidence has enabled me to do things I never could before, like attend Supanova Pop Culture conventions, go to the gym and get fit.

Without the assistance of CHESS who knows where I would be now? At home playing video games, eating and wasting my life away? I would like to thank the wonderful staff at CHESS who have been so friendly and supportive and have made this possible for me.

Jonathon's Story

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