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.
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:
- Our specialised mentally healthy workplaces consultant can help you to identify and reduce risk factors to mental health in your workplace.
- Download tools and resources such as a free and simple action plan to help you develop a tailored strategy.
- Heads Up information on mentally healthy workplaces for leaders, employers, managers, employees and small business.
- NewAccess is a free support service developed by beyondblue to help anyone in SA 16+ years who may need support for day to day pressures.
- Download NewAccess tools and resources for your workplace such as flyers, posters and wallet cards.
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.