$70,000 to help bright minds support healthy minds

THE Mind Games Race for Research has raised $70,000 to help the Menzies Institute for Medical Research continue its research into workplace mental health.

The inaugural event took place in Hobart late last year, attracting 250 participants from 50 businesses across Tasmania.

The teams tackled 10 ‘amazing race’ style challenges designed to test teamwork, creativity and communication.

Mind Games organiser and workplace wellness expert Sherri Ring said the event was an enormous success and received “rave reviews” from participants, with donations continuing to flow in.

“Our goal was to raise $50,000 and we thought that was an ambitious target,” she said.

“So, to hand over a cheque for $70,000 feels pretty amazing.”

Work and mental health specialist Professor Angela Martin accepted the cheque recently on behalf of the Menzies Institute.

“It’s great that most workplaces are much more aware and accepting of mental health issues than in the past,” Professor Martin said.

“Now it’s time to move to the next stage and that is developing evidence-based actions that help people stay mentally healthy in the workplace.

“We can also do more to better support those with mental health conditions to gain and maintain employment.”

Professor Martin said the funding raised by the Mind Games would contribute to developing new research initiatives.

“Our first priority is to develop a clear picture of the current state of play in workplace mental health across all Tasmanian industries and sectors,” she said.

“We really need accurate data to guide the development of statewide policy and practices, and to determine specific areas of need for new research projects.”

Caption: From left, Kirstan Wilding (TasNetworks), Sherri Ring (The Mind Games) and Alison Ven (Menzies Institute).

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