Workplace wellbeing experts agree on priority areas for action

Aug 14, 2017

If you’re working towards improving the mental health of your workplace, you’ll know there’s no ‘one size fits all’ solution. However, Australian workplace wellbeing experts have identified three key ways Australian workplaces can improve mental health at work.

The recommendations come in the form of a new paper from University of Tasmania’s Work, Health, and Wellbeing Network, a group of workplace wellbeing experts working with national and international researchers, practitioners, and policy makers.

Based on expert consensus, it aims to provide best practice advice to employers and managers about the key elements of a mentally healthy workplace, and seeks to reach a shared agreement on the specific actions that need to be prioritised in working towards more mentally healthy workplaces.

The three key areas for action the Work, Health and Wellbeing Network recommend form the basis of an integrated approach to workplace mental health:

  1. Prevent harm
  2. Promote positive mental health, and;
  3. Respond to mental health conditions.

The paper argues a consistent approach is needed to enable policy makers, regulators and the wide range of NGOs and other stakeholders to coordinate their efforts in working towards more mentally healthy workplaces, using an integrated approach to workplace mental health.

Read the Work, Health and Wellbeing Network's paper (PDF, 24pg, 1.2MB)


Putting the integrated approach into practice

When you're developing your strategy for making your workplace more mentally healthy, it's important to consider carefully what you'll need to include.

On the revamped Heads Up website, you'll find some key steps and considerations you'll need to know about, along with a framework for embedding good mental health into your workplace, using the integrated approach. 

Following these four steps will help you develop your mental health strategy and implement workplace change: 

  1. Gain leadership support
  2. Identify needs
  3. Develop a plan
  4. Monitor, review, and improve.

And, if you want to start small, that’s completely fine, too. We’ve got you covered.

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