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Recognising mental health must be part of an organisation's key objectives.
I'm the environmental health and safety professional.
I'm one of the business owners here.
And I'm Chief Executive Officer.
I'm the program manager.
And I'm the mobility and well being manager.
I'm the well being coordinator.
The company's run by myself.
I own a dairy farm.
I'm the manager...
Managing the welfare of the people who work here.
Five to 10 years ago, there was more of a...
Stigma around mental illness.
Our work force is male dominated. They're a bunch of blokes.
So, that meant that you were 10-foot tall and bullet-proof. You never ask for help.
They mind as they're told, and they're very reluctant to come forward and say if they're not travelling so well.
I've seen the impact of places where they're not supporting the people going through a hard time.
The average cost of a psychological injury is between $50,000 and $100,000.
So, it's in our best interest to invest time and money into mental health initiatives.
We put in an employee assistance program.
Lots of team meetings where we shared our experiences.
We've shifted its mental health focus from a reactive service to a more proactive service.
We created a training program raising awareness and education.
Our employment support officer will meet very, very regularly with each individual employee.
One of the things that we offer to our staff was counselling services.
We developed this trial program which was aimed at pulling together a peer support group.
We've actually allowed farmers to connect with other farmers through a shared experience.
The benefit that we've seen here is that...
They're definitely more resilient.
People don't take so much time off work anymore.
People have someone to talk to.
Makes people feel valued and feel...
Connected to us as an employer.
Higher retention rates. Higher productivity.
Our team mates are getting injured on a less frequent basis.
Just the well being of your staff, the camaraderie, the culture...
We're trying to get the message across that it's okay to ask for help.
Because we genuinely care.
And that's been the start of a major cultural change within the profession.
All of those things add up to ultimately what is also an economic benefit, and a great place to come and work everyday, absolutely.