Thought leadership in the Financial Services and Mental Health industries

SuperFriend continued its important advocacy work in 2019-20, contributing to important discussions that kept workplace mental health and wellbeing on the agenda in the financial and insurance services industry. Some of our highlights are included below.

Suicide Prevention Australia: Turning Points Panel

Margo Lydon joined Suicide Prevention Australia’s exclusive Turning Points roundtable in December 2019, which included some of Australia’s best thinkers, policymakers and activists coming together to creatively tackle the themes of Imagining a world without suicide.

The roundtable, co-hosted by KPMG, brought together the not-for-profit sector, politicians, influencers, business people and people with lived experience to collaborate on solutions to reduce the rate of suicide in Australia.

The focus was on the three themes from Suicide Prevention Australia’s Turning Points white paper: tackling the impact of changes to housing affordability, the gig economy, and relationships.

Shared Value Project – The business imperative to improve mental health

SuperFriend partnered with Shared Value Project, our Partner AIA, IAG, NAB, and PwC, to conduct research into the business case to improve mental health in Australia, through the creation of shared value.

The resulting white paper Creating shared value: the business imperative to improve mental health identifies opportunities for business to contribute to improving mental health and profitably, with a focus on the financial services industry.

Margo Lydon helped launch the white paper along with the The Hon. Martin Foley MP, Professor Allan Fels AO, Candice Smith, Head of Wellness, AIA and Helen Steel, CEO, Shared Value Project.

2019 ASFA Conference

Renada Lee joined Out of the Blue: A story about mental health and suicide awareness, an expert panel targeting awareness, conversation and action on mental health and suicide in the superannuation industry. The panel was moderated by TAL’s Head of Mental Health, Glenn Baird, and featured experts from other leading mental health organisations, such as Lifeline. Renada shared SuperFriend’s research from the 2019 Indicators of a Thriving Workplace Survey around worker and workplace mental health and wellbeing.

ASFA Spotlight on Insurance in Super 2020

Renada Lee spoke on the panel for Helping those who help and the need to understand worker wellbeing, which discussed the mental health supports in place for claims workers who talk to distressed callers on a daily basis – often experiencing the worst day of their life.

She shared insights about the workplace mental health and wellbeing outcomes of financial and insurance services workers from the 2019 Indicators of a Thriving Workplace Report and Financial and Insurance Services Sector Report.