How to create a mentally healthy workplace

This Mental Health Week (7-13 October) and World Mental Health Day (10 October), take the time to make changes towards creating a mentally healthy workplace for your workers.

Mental health conditions affect one in five Australians, so it’s possible there are people in your workplace who are experiencing conditions such as depression and anxiety.

Our claims data shows that more women experience a psychological injury than men, with the average psychological injury costing $23k compared to $12k for a physical injury due to more time away from work.

A mentally healthy workplace has a positive workplace culture where people feel supported to be able to do their best work, regardless of whether or not they have a mental health condition. If you place the same amount of importance on mental health as physical health, you’ll get the best out of your workforce, attract the best talent and have higher retention rates.

What can you do to take action this Mental Health Week?

  • Sign up to the five day workplace challenge. You’ll receive a challenge pack to help both you and your workplace complete each day of the challenge. More information is available on the Mental Health Coalition of South Australia website.
  • Attend the free ‘From the Ground Up – breakfast forum’ on 9 October if you are a sole trader or you work in the construction industry and are interested in developing a mentally healthy workplace.
  • Browse and register to attend a National Safe Work Month event.
  • Check out the ‘Seven actions to help create a mentally healthy workplace’ from Heads Up to assist you in developing your workplace mental health strategy.
  • View our ‘Mentally healthy workplaces’ program or contact our mentally healthy workplaces consultant, Mardi Webber, who can help you to identify and reduce risk factors in your workplace and work with you to provide practical support, advice and resources.
  • Sign up to attend one of our upcoming ‘Healthy and productive workplaces’ presentations on workplace productivity and innovation, mental health, and workplace wellbeing.

Psychological injury claims in South Australia. Annually, psychological injuries make up 6.5% of claims costs, costing $5.6m. Psychological injuries cost more: $23k per psychological injury claim vs $7k per physical injury claim. Industries most at risk: manufacturing, construction, health care and social assistance, Psychological injuries by age: <20 – 2%, 20-29 – 14%, 30-39 – 23%, 40-49 – 28%, 50-59 – 25%, 60+ – 8%. More women have psychological injury claims: 60% women vs 40% men. Data relates to registered employer claims for FY2017-18. Data as at 20 September 2018.