2009 mh@work® recieved an Honourable Mention from LIFE AWARDS as an acknowledgement for work done in Suicide Prevention in the workplace.
Ingrid Ozols B. Sc, Grad Dip Bus Mgmt, Grad Dip Comm Mental Health, is the founder and Managing Director of MentalHealth@Work (mh@work®). Using her personal experience of mental illness to wellness to role model recovery, the vast possibilities, hope and the power of passion, Ingrid brings a topic out from hiding and on to the board table. Combining a 15 year career in sales/marketing and human resources, through mh@work®, Ingrid is helping workplaces to embrace a topic that for too long has been stigmatised and feared.
Ingrid, a Victorian State Finalist in 2007 Telstra Business Women’s awards, is an active advocate of many years for mental health, having participated on many national boards, committees and advisory groups. Until recently Ingrid was a board member of the Mental Health Council of Australia during the COAG deliberations and the inaugural Chair of beyondblue’s blueVoices, their consumer and carer arm since beyondblue for 6 years. Other boards included: the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatry, the General Practitioner’s Mental Health Standard’s Collaboration.
Ingrid travels the nationally and internationally speaking to many groups, facilitating forums and seminars,conferences and having appeared regularly in the media, including "Morning with Kerri-Anne", ABC's "7:30 Report" and on radio programs. Ingrid has also addressed members of federal parliament and is based in (Melbourne).
Ingrid regularly chairs and facilitates National Psychological Injury, Mental Health Conferences and Seminars (IIR, AFR, Tonkin Corporation and other industry functions).
2009, Ingrid was in the top 9 of Ernst and Young's "Entrepeneur of the Year - Social Contribution Category"
Ingrid, through mentalhealth@work (mh@work®) is a proud official ambassador for Lifeline's "StressDown Day" national annual fundraising campaign.
Bernard McNair RN is a Director of mh@work®, and a registered nurse with qualifications in both Mental Health and General Nursing. He also holds tertiary qualifications in nursing management from the University of Technology,Sydney. A Fellow of the Australian College of Mental Health Nurses, Bernard has had a varied career holding senior clinical and administrative positions in public and private health systems in NSW.
Bernard has been active in advocacy circles for the last quarter of a century, holding senior voluntary elected positions with the Schizophrenia Fellowship of NSW and Mental Illness Fellowship of Australia. Bernard was a Foundation Director of the Mental Health Council of Australia- the peak body for Mental Health in Australia and a board member of Lifeline Australia.
For six years Bernard was active with beyondblue- the National Depression Initiative, being involved in "lived experience" research and the formation of blueVoices, the consumer and carer arm of beyondblue. Bernard has delivered many sessions of workplace training for both beyondblue and mental health @work, and has been published widely on both schizophrenia and depression and related disorders. Bernard is an in-demand speaker on mental health issues. Bernard McNair is also the Executive Director of Healthcall Nursing Agency and Healthcall Consultancy Services in (Sydney).
Bernard, through mentalhealth@work (mh@work®) is a proud official ambassador for Lifeline's " StressDown Day" national annual fundraising campaign.