Creating a mentally healthy workplace starts with identifying actions – a few or many – based on your needs and resources. Heads Up encourages businesses to take action across three broad areas:

  • Raising awareness and reducing stigma
  • Supporting staff with mental health conditions
  • Reducing risks to mental health and promoting a positive working environment

Part of any action plan should include engaging and informing employees about their role in promoting workplace mental health. For ideas and templates to help you communicate with your team, check out our Getting started pack 

You’ll need to consider three steps when developing your plan for a mentally healthy workplace.


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Create a Heads Up action plan for your business

This interactive tool will help you identify priority areas and provide guidance on how to get started. You’ll also have access to a whole range of resources to support you.

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    Identify priority areas

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    Implement actions

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    Review and share

Get started

Need help communicating with employees?

We've developed a series of templates, speaking notes and other resources to get you started. Simply cut and paste the sections that relate to your organisation and fill in the gaps!  

Roles of different individuals

At an individual level, every person in Australia’s 11.5 million-strong workforce can play a part in creating more mentally healthy workplaces. We can all talk openly to reduce stigma, look after our own mental health, seek support and encourage others to do the same. At an organisational level, decision makers must take the lead and create an environment for change. 

Critical success factors 

For an action plan to succeed, it needs ongoing buy-in from across the business or organisation. It needs a shared commitment and belief in the goal, as well as time and resources to turn words into reality.

Certain factors are critical to success, and will determine whether a plan contributes to real, lasting change or lies forgotten on someone’s desktop.