Well Minds Work is a newly established partnership founded by clinical psychologist Dr Emma Richardson and psychologist Jessica Forward. After working together for several years, Emma and Jess recognised a need to improve the wellbeing of people across Australia, with workplace engagement identified as a way of impacting a larger audience and improving psychological wellbeing, workplace productivity, and employee satisfaction.

Research has demonstrated that workplace wellbeing programs improve the mental health of staff, reduce absenteeism, increase productivity, and improve workplace satisfaction and quality of life. Through the provision of psycho-education and the teaching of evidence-based psychological strategies and skills, Well Minds Work aims to reduce an individual’s vulnerability towards the development of psychological distress, and to increase the resilience of workforces.

Emma and Jess are passionate about empowering individuals to become their own mental health professionals through learning and self-reflection. Doing so will foster improvements in mental health, adaptability, resilience, and interpersonal relationships. To facilitate these outcomes, Well Minds Work provides tailored mental health and wellbeing workshops to organisations and individuals.

Who We Are

Emma

Dr Emma Richardson

Co-Founder

I co-founded Well Minds Work with Jessica in 2020 and currently create and deliver tailored workshops as part of this partnership. I also currently work as a clinical psychologist with individuals and couples in private practice. 

I graduated with a PhD in psychology from the University of Tasmania in 2017 and my main research interests involve exploring the links between physical illnesses and mental health. I have published research articles and presented at international conferences in this research area. 

I have worked across a number of settings, including teaching and researching at the University of Tasmania; developing, delivering, and coordinating in-person and online group-based mental health programs; and practicing psychology in NGO, hospital, and private practice settings. I have experience working across a number of areas, including psycho-oncology, perinatal mental health, women’s health, substance dependence, complex trauma, and a number of other physical and/or mental health difficulties. 

I am extremely excited to be a part of Well Minds Work and believe that the information and skills provided have the capacity to improve the lives of many individuals and the performance of many organisations.

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Jessica Forward

Co-Founder

I co-founded Well Minds Work with Emma in 2020 and currently create and deliver tailored workshops as part of this partnership. I also currently work as a psychologist with individuals and couples in private practice.

I graduated from a Master of Psychology (Clinical) at the University of Tasmania in 2019 and am currently completing the Clinical Registrar Program in order to become qualified as a clinical psychologist.

I have worked across a number of settings, including teaching and researching at the University of Tasmania; developing and delivering group-based mental health and substance dependence programs; and practicing psychology in NGO, private practice, community and educational settings. I have experience working across a number of areas, including substance dependence, complex trauma, anxiety, depression, and interpersonal issues amongst families and couples.

I am extremely excited to be a part of Well Minds Work because I believe mental health exists in a system, and a system that we spend the majority of our time in is our workplace. I believe that targeting mental health in the workplace at both an organisational and individual level allows for employees and employers to enhance not only employee life and work satisfaction, but also achievement and productivity.