Psychological Health and Safety for Managers and Leaders

Empowering psychological health, safety and well-being through care, trust, open communication and ownership

Outcomes of Psychological Health and Safety Training for Leaders

About the Psychological Health and Safety Training for Managers

Psychological health and safety is a critical aspect of creating a positive and productive work environment. As a leader, it is important to be aware of the impact of psychological health and safety on your team members and take proactive steps to foster it. In this program, we will provide an overview of the key concepts related to psychological health and safety, what  good looks like, the role of the leader to embed a culture of  psychological health and safety in the workplace and skills to ensure leaders are confident and competent to demonstrate expected psychological and safety leadership behaviours.

What's Covered in the Psychological Health and Safety Training for Leaders Program

  1. Understanding Psychological Safety

  • Understanding the revised Workplace Health and Safety legislation (Australia)
  • Definition and importance of psychological health and safety – what it is, isn’t, how does it overlap with other areas of the business
  • How psychological safety impacts team performance and Well-being
  • Examples of psychological safety in action


  1. Building Psychological Health and Safety as a Leader

  • Leadership behaviours that promote psychological health and safety
  • Boundaries -what is not your role as a leader
  • What are the signs of psychological ill health and psychological danger?
  • Techniques for creating a safe environment for communication and feedback
  • Encouraging risk-taking and learning from failures
  • Handling conflicts and addressing mistakes


  1. Assessing the Psychological Health and Safety of Your Team

  • Methods for assessing psychological health and safety in the workplace
  • Creating a plan of action based on assessment results

  1. Activities for Fostering Psychological Health and Safety

  • Group discussions on the importance of psychological health safety
  • Role-playing scenarios to practise communication and interventionBrainstorming sessions to generate ideas for removing barriers
  • Reflection exercises to encourage self-awareness and personal growth
  • Training sessions on active listening, empathy, and giving feedback


  1. Sustaining Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace

  • Strategies for maintaining a culture of psychological safety over time
  • Creating opportunities for ongoing feedback and learning
  • Celebrating successes and acknowledging challenges

Psychological Health and Safety Training for Leaders Delivery Format

Psychological Safety Training for Leaders - Background

Psychological health and safety is a critical component of workplace health and safety. As a leader, you have the power to create an environment that promotes psychological health and safety by modelling the behaviours and attitudes that foster trust and open communication. By implementing the activities and strategies outlined in this program, you can raise awareness and create a culture of psychological health and safety in your workplace, leading to improved team performance, well-being, and overall success.

Why use Jonah Group for Psychological Health and Safety for Managers

Jonah Group’s experts know safety. Not just because they have studied it – but because they have lived it.

In 1999, founders Nada and Robert Wentzel were involved in an horrific accident which left them burned and scarred. The accident led to a life-long inquiry to discover why smart people are capable of such mistakes.

Today, they share that knowledge with leaders from the board room to the front line, driving real change in people’s attitudes, behaviour and mindset – and ensuring safety and wellbeing. In a world where more than 2 million die every year from work related accidents and disease, safety is Jonah Group’s mission.

Whether mental health or physical safety, Jonah Group’s experts teach people the science of risk and help leaders build sustainable cultures of safety.

Jonah Group. Saving Lives. Protecting business.


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Psychological Safety and Leadership - FAQs

Psychological safety for managers and leaders refers to the ability to create and maintain a work environment where team members feel comfortable taking interpersonal risks, expressing their thoughts, and making mistakes without fear of negative consequences. This concept is crucial for fostering a positive team climate, promoting innovation, and enhancing team performance.

Leadership plays a critical role in fostering psychological safety within a team. A leader’s behaviour, attitude, and leadership style directly impacts the team’s psychological safety, as they set the tone for the work environment. Supportive and inclusive leadership encourages open dialogue, mutual respect, and interpersonal trust, creating a psychologically safe work environment.

Investing in psychological health and safety training for leaders helps develop specific skills and self-awareness needed to create a psychologically safe work environment. This training promotes leadership development, enabling leaders to cultivate psychological safety, enhance team performance, and foster a higher-performance work environment. Ultimately, this training leads to more engaged and innovative teams, resulting in improved overall business outcomes.

Leaders can build and maintain psychological safety in their teams by

  1. Encouraging open communication, active listening, and respectful feedback.
  2. Supporting team members in taking calculated risks and learning from mistakes.
  3. Promoting a culture of mutual respect, trust, and inclusivity.
  4. Practising self-awareness, empathy, and emotional intelligence.
  5. Continuously assessing and improving the team’s psychological safety.

Remember, building and maintaining psychological safety is an ongoing process that requires commitment and effort from leaders at all levels.

Psychological health and safety training for managers and leaders equips them with the knowledge and skills needed to create a psychologically safe workplace. This supportive work environment encourages team members to share innovative ideas, engage in constructive discussions, and take risks without fear of negative consequences. As a result, psychologically safe teams experience higher engagement, well-being, and overall performance.

Creating a psychologically healthy and safe work environment does not happen overnight. It requires continuous effort, commitment, and reinforcement from leaders at all levels. However, by consistently applying the principles learned through psychological safety training and actively fostering a supportive work environment, leaders can expect to see positive changes in team dynamics, well-being, and performance over time.

Psychological health and safety is applicable and essential in all work settings, including traditional office environments, remote, and hybrid work settings. As the nature of work evolves, leaders must adapt their approach to fostering psychological safety to accommodate different work styles, cultures, and communication methods. This flexibility ensures that all team members feel safe and supported, regardless of their work location.


Remember, implementing psychological health and safety practices is an ongoing process that requires commitment, open-mindedness, and adaptability from leaders at all levels. By investing in psychological safety training, leaders can develop the skills and knowledge needed to create a positive, inclusive, and high-performing work environment for their teams.