Poor mental health is likely to affect one in five Australian employees and they bring all aspects of themselves – physical and mental health – to work every day.
Untreated depression and anxiety cost employers around $10.9 billion every year, largely through reduced productivity, absenteeism and WorkCover claims. The case for creating mentally healthy workplaces is clear, and everyone has a role to play.
The good news is that there are a number of simple, effective and low cost actions you can take to create a mentally healthy workplace and support your people.
You can take action in three key areas:
- Raise awareness of mental health conditions and reduce stigma
- Support someone with a mental health condition
- Create a supportive workplace culture
We've provided some helpful tips below to get you started. You can also download the Tips for medium and large businesses PDF.
Many of these actions are simply good business practice backed up by an increased understanding of workplace mental health, and you may be doing some of them already. You can also create a tailored, online action plan to meet your specific priorities.