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Promoting mental health in the workplace

17 October 2018 7:00am

On 10 October, individuals and organisations across the globe recognised World Mental Health Day.

Pleasingly, this day is one of many initiatives that focuses on challenging perceptions about mental illness.

Due in large part to this awareness, we are seeing increased recognition of the need to protect, promote and support mental health, not only in our personal lives, but also in the workplace.

Supporting mental health is not only a goal of critical importance in the community, it also makes good business sense, with the statistics speaking for themselves.

It is estimated that the burden of depression is costing Australian businesses $8 billion per annum in presenteeism and sick leave, which is 220 per cent higher than the rate caused by physical sicknesses.

With so much evidence that poor mental health can take such an enormous toll on both individuals and the organisations they work for, it is clear that a consistent, considered approach is required to ensure employers can work toward creating a mentally well workplace. And while many employers are beginning to consider mental health as a genuine issue that requires addressing, there remains a disconnect between evidence-based approaches and the initiatives being implemented by organisations.

So, what does research recommend when it comes to promoting mental health in the workplace? It all comes down to an integrated approach. Click here to find out more.

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