Mental Wellness Presentations


Happiness Helps

EAP & Employee Wellness

EAP & Employee Wellness

Community Groups

Community Groups

Mental Health Awareness Talks

Mental Health Awareness Talks


Crazy for Walking

EAP & Employee Wellness

Mental health in the workplace has become a hot topic in recent years. It is working its way to the forefront of most human resources practitioners’ minds, and with good reason! As we all know, a healthy and supported employee is of immense value to your organisation. 

Do you know how different mental illnesses may impact your work environment? Do you know how to provide appropriate support to employees who may be suffering from these mental illnesses? Perhaps you find your staff battling with stigma attached to mental illness? Or maybe you think you have a pretty strong team as far as mental wellness goes, but feel there is still room to brush up on some vital skills such as effective communication or time management.

Vista Academy is here to assist you in creating a culture of mental wellness, happiness and productivity in your workforce! We have a group of experts in the field who are available to present to your staff on various issues concerning employee wellness.

You may already have a certain topic in mind, but if you need some inspiration on what to include in your next employee wellness programme, take a look through the following popular topics we have provided training on in the past:

–  Effective communication
–  Time management
–  Self-care and mindfulness
–  Understanding grief
–  Anger management
–  Boundaries and assertiveness
–  Understanding trauma
–  Common stressors and their impact on the workplace
–  Understanding anxiety
–  Managing personal finances
–  Stress management
–  Understanding depression
–  Improving self-confidence

Custom packages can be created, with endless options available to you in terms of venue and catering provision, audio-visual aids, and training dates and times.

Simply send an email to or send us a message below to arrange your customised employee wellness training.

Community Groups

Vista Academy, in partnership with Vista Clinic, offers interactive community groups on selected Thursday evenings, from 18:00 until 19:30, at Vista Clinic.

Group facilitators and other members of the multidisciplinary team from Vista Clinic present on different disorders and life skills needed to deal with the 21st century lifestyle.  Basic psycho-education is provided, through use of a presentation and various fun activities.

These presentations are open to the public on a first-come, first-served basis, at a cost of R50 per person payable in cash at the door. Tea/coffee and biscuits are served.

Bring a friend (or meet someone new!) and have some fun, all whilst improving your mental wellness.


“It is necessary, and even vital, to set standards for your life and the people who you allow in it.” – Mandy Hale


 Next Community Group – 28 May: Boundaries in All Areas of Life


About the presentation:

Boundaries are guidelines, rules or limits that a person creates to identify reasonable, safe and permissible ways for other people to behave towards them and how they will respond when someone passes those limits.


We will cover the following:

Understanding boundaries

– Benefits of boundaries

– Types of boundaries

– How to implement boundaries

Mental Health Awareness Talks

Vista Academy, in partnership with Vista Clinic, offers mental health awareness talks to community-based organisations such as churches, schools and NPOs.
Basic psycho-education and information needed to break the stigma attached to mental illness is provided, through the use of presentations and various fun activities.

Vista Academy is here to assist you in creating a culture of mental wellness and happiness in your organisation! Simply send an email to or send us a message below outlining your needs, so we can arrange a mental health awareness talk at your organisation.

Happiness HELPS

Improving mental wellness

Over many years, positive psychology has promoted the benefits of a positive mindset for improved mental health and well-being. The aim of the Happiness HELPS campaign is to promote mental wellness and to reduce the symptoms of depression. The Happiness HELPS concept consists of a set of practical daily actions to combat the negative emotional impact of depression and anxiety.

The acronym “HELPS” provides an easy-to-follow guide which can be used by everyone to promote and maintain their mental health.

HELPS stands for:

 –   Help others e.g. do random acts of kindness for others
–    Exercise e.g. take the stairs instead of the lift
–    Learn e.g. learn to say hello in a different language
–    Play e.g. sing aloud along with the music
 –   Spiritual growth e.g. read your bible, pray

The Happiness HELPS guide will often be used during Vista’s mental health awareness presentations. 

Crazy for Walking


This is a campaign hosted by Vista Clinic and based on the dream of our very own Hannetjie Buitendag, in which we attempt “crazy walks” to create awareness surrounding mental health, in an effort to break the stigma associated with mental illness and, specifically, the word “crazy”. The first of these walks took place in 2017, when a group of “crazy” individuals, headed up by Hannetjie, walked all the way from Pretoria to Cape Town!

The World Health Organisation has listed mental illness as the number one disability-causing disease.  With the uncontrollable escalation of mental illness and suicide worldwide, there exists undeniable need for an awareness campaign.

This campaign is called Crazy for Walking

The initiative has grown exponentially and become truly multifaceted, with each year bringing new challenges and ways to get involved in the cause. From wearing crazy socks on World Mental Health Day (the 10th of “Socktober”!) to participating in walks and various social media challenges, there is now a way for everyone to show their support.