Mental Health in the Workplace – It’s OK to Talk About It

The Facts Untreated mental health conditions cost Australian employers $10.9 billion every year through absenteeism, reduced productivity and compensation claims. With approximately 1 in 5 Australian’s experiencing a mental illness each year; it’s become increasingly important for employers to understand how to support a mentally healthy workplace. Stigma Stigma surrounding mental health conditions often stems […]

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Living with Mental Illness – The Cost of Reform

Unfolding Reform The NDIS is the most significant change in welfare since Medicare, a very positive change for people living with disability so they can have greater choice and control over the services and support they need. As with any large scale funding reform, there have been challenges with accessibility and it will naturally take […]

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It’s Time for Management to Lead the Way in Mental Wellness

A trending article caught my attention recently. It related the story of a manager who supported a staff member for being open and disclosing the reason for taking a personal leave day was to focus on her mental health. The fact that mental health is still stigmatised in our community and in our workplaces is […]

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Promoting & Understanding Self Care for Men

The Men’s Health Week catch cry of 2017 “Healthy Body, Healthy Mind, Keeping the Balance” is a great theme and one that resonates with Mental Health and the key elements to living a strong life. Better holistic health promotion amoungst men would certainly make a difference. As a mental health support worker I’ve seen the […]

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Psychosocial Disability & the NDIS

Services operating in the mental health sector have progressed the language around mental illness to promote recovery and wellness for people living with mental illness. With this culture of language in mind, the word disability has not been a term used often within mental health recovery focused services or organisations, like CHESS Employment. Because of […]

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We Need to Talk about Mental Health in the Construction Industry

The construction industry employs more than 625,000 people across Australia, making it one of the biggest employers in the country and the statistics surrounding suicide in this industry are quite confronting. According to recent reports from MATES in Construction and PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC):       Construction workers are more than twice as likely to suicide […]

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How Support Coordination Helped One Man Towards Recovery

Our Partners in Recover (PIR) services assists people to address challenging issues that affect the local population. These issues include severe and persistent mental health issues and complex needs including financial hardship and homelessness. The CHESS PIR team have an inspiring story to share. By sharing people’s success stories we hope to highlight the importance […]

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Addressing the stigma of mental health in the workplace

Addressing the Stigma of Mental Health in the Workplace

Promoting mental health in the workplace benefits everyone; we all have a role to play in looking after our own mental health and in creating a mentally healthy workplace. Brief snapshot of mental illness in Australia In each year, approximately one in every five Australians will experience a mental illness. About 4% of people will […]

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Language Matters When Talking About Mental Illness

It’s often only a few turns of phrase here and there, but many people unintentionally use language that undermines a person living with mental illness.

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