With most of us spending large amounts of time at work, making our workplaces a mentally healthy place is important.
Why create a mentally healthy workplace?
There are many benefits to creating a mentally healthy workplace including increased staff productivity, engagement and retention and reduced costs associated with absenteeism, presenteeism and workers compensation claims.
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Calculate the potential cost savings of taking action to create a mentally healthy workplace (courtesy of Heads Up).
How to create a mentally healthy workplace?
There are many programs and resources available that workplaces can use to improve the wellbeing of their employees.
A community-based health promotion campaign that encourages people to take action to improve their mental health and wellbeing. It was created in Western Australia, and has now expanded to other states and globally. Act-Belong-Commit encourages organisations to increase the mental health and wellbeing of staff, members, participants, community and volunteers by becoming a mentally healthy partner. It provides resources, tips and tools for supporting organisations to promote and achieve good mental health.
An initiative of Everymind, Ahead for Business has been developed to help small business owners to take action on their own mental health and wellbeing. Including a website and an app, Ahead for Business connects small business owners and those that support them, with practical tools, tips and resources for taking care of your business’ most important asset – you!
An initiative of Beyond Blue, Heads Up is all about giving individuals and businesses the tools to create more mentally healthy workplaces. Heads Up provides resources, information and advice for employers, employees, managers and small businesses.
An initiative of SafeWork NSW, Mental Health at Work has resources and tools for small business, managers and workers to create a mentally healthy workplace. Under this program, free manager training and WHS advice will be given to interested businesses. This program is expected to be available to workplaces in rural and regional NSW in 2019.
Want to help staff be more aware of mental health and wellbeing in the workplace and how to deal with colleagues or clients who might be experiencing mental health problems? Find out more about RAMHP’s training developed specifically for workplaces.