Today I’m joined by Dr Jay Spence, the CEO of mental wellness startup Uprise.

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Jay Spence has something in common with me.  We’ve both seen a need to help people solve a problem, with a solution that is almost entirely new – we haven’t just tweaked some idea or solution that is already out there.  I’ve done that with Safety on Tap Connected, which is a new way to support you to develop.  Jay lives and breathes mental health – and he saw problems with the current approaches to how organisations address this – in particular being mostly reactive with things like EAP services.  So Jay founded Uprise – a company which brings to life the best research on proactive interventions to improve mental health in workplaces using simple, evidence based, scalable digital and traditional support.

Here’s Jay:


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Here’s my two takeaways from that chat with Jay Spence:

  1. Didn’t Jay ask us a great question! Are you treating mental health the same way as physical health? We all recognise the need to reduce stigma associated with mental illness, and yet our attitudes, thoughts and language still need some work.  You wouldn’t treat someone with a broken arm with pity, so try and be conscious not to do it if someone is having mental health challenges.  You don’t need to be a counsellor, you don’t need to fix anything – be human, be compassionate.
  2. Take action.  This episode was designed to be a bit more practical – so if you haven’t already, get started.  Check out the Heads Up website for great resources and plans to help.  Read the University of Tasmania White Paper that Jay mentioned, it has a great easy to read outline of the three key strategies to Prevent Harm, Promote the Positive, and Manage Mental Illness.  If you want a more DIY approach, Jay has shared the WHO-5 questionnaire which you can start to use.  And if you want more of a done-with-you approach, speak to Jay and the team at Uprise.  I’ll link to all of these resources in the show notes.  You are ready so let’s go!


Jay has prepared some great info to help get you started:

Instructions on scoring the WHO5

Use the scoring in this document (click here). Multiply the score by 4 to get a score out of 100. Anyone who scores below 28 is considered high risk. Specifically, this score is correlated with employees who report experiencing a current mental illness.
DIY survey tools to deliver the WHO-5
(Remember to consider the data security you need for your organisation by purchasing the security upgrades if you need it)
Best Practice Guidelines for Mental Health in the Workplace
Three papers are attached (Australian, Canadian and UK guidelines)
Speical Offer for Safety On Tap Listeners
Uprise will provide free access to a wellness check with a report for any team or company (no limit on numbers and no strings attached except that we’d like to add you to our newsletter list). The Uprise Wellness Check platform requires a specific code for your company so get in touch and we will give you one: Running the check is as simple as sending out an email (that we provide) to your team or company then a follow up email a week later to catch anyone left out. We’ll send you a report with wellbeing levels according to the World Health Organisation norms and a breakdown of risk factors that are causing work impairment.


Jay mentioned quite a few additional resources for you to check out:

Blackdog Institute

Beyond Blue