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Work It Out: a network for people working with mental ill-health & allies

Joanna Farmer

Thursday, 14 December 2017 from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm (AEDT)

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e're passionate about providing better support for people with mental ill-health in the workplace, through networking between people with mental illness and allies, and education for employers and managers. 

Join us at our FIRST EVENT! A panel of awesome people living with mental ill-health will kick things off discussing their decision to disclose their mental ill-health at work, the things they had to consider, and the impact it's had. 

We want our event to be safe: we will never ask you to disclose more than you are comfortable with. We ask that you respect other attendees' boundaries - everyone is at a different stage on their mental health 'journey'. Our venue is wheelchair accessible by the main entry from Collins Street.
Refreshments provided.



Moderated by Joanna Farmer

Stephanie Laraia

Stephanie decided to be a mental health nurse after receiving treatment with mental health services when acutely unwell. She realized the impact she could make on people at the most vulnerable stages in their life through an empathetic and compassionate nature. She soon started working within advocacy, talking at forums and educating young people and their families around Australia at high schools about mental health. She is now a mental health nurse with a particular interest in youth mental health, reducing restrictive interventions and trauma informed care. She has a diagnosis of a mood disorder and has had times where she’s needed time off work to recover from the symptoms that come along with her illness. She joined in with Work It Out as she’s received support from her workplace when needing to take time off & believes all workplaces should be accommodating and provide support.

Vaanie Krishnan

Vaanie began volunteering as a youth ambassador and peer-mentor with Reachout Australia and the Raise foundation after she realised she could use her experience of mental illness to help other young people. After realising working in allied health was not for her, she went on to complete an MPH and began independently consulting for local government in NSW. She is now a project officer at the Victorian Mental Illness Awareness Council. Her role is focused on exploring ways the lived-experience workforce can be supported and advocated for at a systemic level.

Joanna Williams

Joanna discovered her inter-connected interest in mental  and sexual health at 16 when she accidentally co-founded Highschooler Against Homophobia. Since being diagnosed with PTSD in 2015, she has completed her MPH and has become a passionate advocate for victim-survivors of sexual assault, diversity, LGBTQIA+ young people and supporting workplace mental health. She proudly shares her experiences because she believes that talking and listening is often the cure to the largest and most ignored health condition: mental ill health. While she pays her bills by working part-time as a policy officer at Safer Care Victoria, she supports her mental health by co-running Bits and Bods, an online platform that talks with teens about sex, bodies, relationships and all the awkward bits in between.
Have questions about Work It Out: a network for people working with mental ill-health & allies? Contact Joanna Farmer

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Level 12
120 Collins Street
Melbourne, Vic 3000

Thursday, 14 December 2017 from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm (AEDT)

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Joanna Farmer

Joanna is a mental health advocate who is passionate about ensuring people experiencing mental ill-health get all the support they need to fulfil their potential at work. 

By day, she works as a policy researcher and evaluator. Like most people with a mental illness, she's experienced supportive workplaces and some not so supportive!

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