CANZ worked closely with the Western Australia Prison Officers Union (WAPAU) to develop this individually for each prison site and deliver the program to new recruits at the National Learning Centre.
Stand T.A.L.R focuses on reducing the stigma of poor mental health among staff, the stigma of weakness and the notion of being unfit to function effectively or be of any use at all within a prison.
The program promotes positive mental health among correctional staff by overcoming the stigma through normalisation of the topic including an engaging style of delivery encompassing a dynamic mix of humour and enthusiasm with a raw, honest and frank conversation about mental health. It was created by people who have worked within prisons and have been exposed to the pressures of the environment. Current correctional staff were involved during design and development and all statistics and information presented during the program are sourced from the leading mental health organisations.
Stand T.A.L.R provides correctional staff with clear direction and practical steps to take proper action if they, their colleagues or members of their family require immediate professional support.