Creating Mentally Healthy Workplaces this Mental Health Week

My Health Records
August 1, 2018
2018 Mental Health Week Ambassador – Lainie Anderson
September 26, 2018

A healthy workplace is more than just ergonomics and workers safety, a healthy workplace incorporates strategies and policies for good mental health and wellbeing.

A workplace that incorporates mental health and wellbeing practices in to its day to day operations is more positive, productive and is getting the best out of its workforce. These workplaces also attract the top talent in their field and have higher retention rates.

But that’s not all. Research by Price Waterhouse Coopers has shown that for every $1 spent on creating a mentally healthy workplace you will get $2.30 in return. The benefits come from increased productivity at work, lower rates of absenteeism and less compensation claims.

According to Safework Australia, mental stress claims are the most expensive compensation claims with each year Australian businesses paying out $146million.

National research conducted by HeadsUp found 9 out of 10 employees believed mentally healthy workplaces were important, however only 5 out of 10 believed their workplace was mentally healthy.

But a mentally healthy workplace is not just an aspiration, it is a legal requirement for employers with rights and responsibilities under anti-discrimination, privacy, and work health and safety legislation.

This Mental Health Week the MHCSA is partnering with Business SA to help rectify this.

As part of our mental health promotions this year we will be launching the 5 Day Workplace Challenge. This challenge guides workplaces through some simple things employees can do collectively each day during Mental Health Week to promote a better understanding of mental health. You can see our five simple challenges on the following pages.

Sadly despite a growing awareness of mental health and wellbeing people living with mental illness or mental health struggles still experience stigma both internally and externally. Our workplace challenge is a very simple devise to start conversation about mental health in workplaces. It will also provide resources and support for people in need.

Our partnership with Business SA will also see the development of a Mental Health strategy workplaces can adopt beyond Mental Health Week.

We are very excited about this partnership as it is a great opportunity for us to collectively improve the mental health of South Australian workplaces.

You can sign up here.

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