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Reduce psychological injuries by creating a mentally healthy workplace

This Mental Health Week (8-14 Oct 2017) and World Mental Health Day (10 Oct 2017), make a difference to the mental health of your employees and reduce the risk of psychological injuries by creating a mentally healthy workplace.

In a mentally healthy workplace people feel supported and able to do their best work, regardless of whether or not they have a mental health condition. The work environment has a focus on workplace mental health where people can have open conversations about stresses and struggles, and feel comfortable seeking help when they need it.

Psychological injury claims in South Australia. Annually, psychological injuries make up 9% of claims costs, costing $8m. Average number of weeks off work is 18 for psychological injuries compared to 8 for non-psychological injuries. Industries most at risk are 1. Health care and social assistance, 2. Retail, 3. Manufacturing. Data relates to registered employer claims for FY2016-17. Data as at 21 September 2017.

Take action - it makes good business sense

Untreated mental health conditions have an impact on workplaces and individuals and the cost to Australian workplaces has been estimated at $11 billion per year, through reduced productivity, absenteeism and work injury claims1.

Research has shown that a healthy workplace provides a positive return on investment.  For every workplace dollar spent on effective actions on mental health, there is on average $2.30 in benefits gained2. It’s also the law as workplaces have a legal requirement to eliminate and minimise risks to both physical and psychological health.

Here are some valuable tools and resources to help you create a mentally healthy workplace:

¹ Heads Up, Creating a mentally healthy workplace: a guide for business leaders and managers, retrieved May 2016.
² PwC PricewaterhouseCoopers Australia (2014), Creating a mentally healthy workplace: Return on investment analysis, retrieved May 2016.