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 surrounding mental health conditions often stems from a lack of education which can lead to stereotypes and assumptions about a person’s character and capabilities. It’s this stigma that stops people from seeking the treatment and support they need. Without open dialogue about this issue it’s hard for employers and their staff to move towards a place of understanding and co operation.
Businesses that actively promote good mental health attract and retain top talent and are great places to work. By supporting people with mental health conditions and encouraging openness, employers create diverse and all-encompassing workplaces.
It’s OK to Talk About Mental Health
Everyone has a role to play in creating a mentally healthy workplace, and there are supports available to employers to assist in managing employees who may be experiencing mental illness.
CHESS Employment has developed a “Mentally Healthy Workplace Workshop,” a free educational program that provides the understanding and tools for individuals and employers to address mental health.
Our support framework is based on working collaboratively with the employer and workers, understanding each individual workplace and identifying simple, concrete actions to promote a mentally healthy environment for all.
Together we can build informed and inclusive workplaces that understand and openly address the subject of mental illness. For more information about our Mentally Healthy Workplace Workshops visit our info page HERE