An opportunity to talk wih Equity member Sam Webb and psychologist Luke Foster about the importance of breaking the stigma of mental health by helping yourself and helping others. Their LIVINWell Workplaces is a 45-minute mental health educational program building on LIVIN’s mantra that “It Ain’t Weak to Speak”. LIVINWell Workplaces has a specific focus on helping participants to better understand how to help themselves, their family, friends and work colleagues. Some topics Sam and Luke cover include: Conversations to drive stigma reduction. Information on warning signs and symptoms of mental health challenges. Practical strategies to help those around you who might be struggling, with a particular focus on helping the young people in your life. Effective strategies to help yourself (coping strategies/stress management strategies). Information on organisations who can provide professional help. This is a chance to talk easily and confidentially about how to better help and understand yourself and others.
Luke Anthony Foster
Luke’s broad fields of expertise are psychology, business (market research and marketing) and management. For over 8 years, Luke served as a full-time psychologist in the Australian Defence Force (ADF), attaining the rank of major. Luke excelled as the primary liaison with local commanders, senior staff and external agencies on organisational and clinical psychology matters. During his military career, Luke was well regarded for his ability to help commanders create more mentally healthy and productive workplaces by focusing on ways to reduce staff absenteeism and presenteeism and increase staff engagement. Luke also provided counselling to a range of people in the ADF, both in Australia and overseas on operations (Timor, Solomon Islands and Afghanistan), covering diverse mental health issues and degrees of complexity. Luke currently works as a mental health and strategy advisor for the mental health charity, LIVIN where he provides expert insights to the two Co-founders and CEO’s on relevant mental health policies and procedures. Luke is also the lead facilitator for LIVIN, providing mental health awareness training to schools and workplaces all around Australia. Luke completed his Bachelor of Psychology (Hons) in 2007, his Master of Business in 2016 and mini-MBA in Marketing in 2017.
Sam is well known in Australia for his appearances on TV. Most people will recognise Sam as an actor on Neighbours or for his appearance on Australian Survivor. A graduate of Sydney’s drama school, Screenwise, Sam has also received credit for his work as a host on Nine’s Great Escapes and his work on the feature film documentary, Suicide: The Ripple Effect which premiered in Los Angeles, in March 2018. Sam has received notable recognition for his work in co-founding the mental health organisation and charity, LIVIN after the death of his good friend to suicide. The core of their mission is to break the stigma around mental health through education, fashion and community. Since inception, LIVIN have delivered their program to over 55,000 young people in schools around the country. For more information on Sam, please visit www.samwebb.com.au or www.livin.org