Mental Health Week 2017

Mental Health in the Workplace

Mental Health Week (8-14 October) aims to activate, educate and engage Victorians about mental health, through a week of interactive events across the state.

Nearly half (45%) of Australians will experience a mental illness at some stage of their life. Despite this, people living with mental illness will often experience stigma and discrimination from friends, family, employers and the community as a whole.

This year's Mental Health Week theme is "Mental Health in the Workplace". Did you know?

  • 9 in 10 Australian employees believe mentally healthy workplaces are important.
  • One in five Australian employees report that they have taken time off work due to feeling mentally unwell in the past 12 months.
  • It is estimated that untreated mental health conditions cost Australian workplaces approximately $10.9 billion per year.

Source: State of Workplace Mental Health in Australia

This October is also Workplace Health and Safety Month (5 October - 1 November).

We encourage organisations to adopt the right behaviours and practices to build an environment where employees feel supported in the workplace. This includes working to stop mental illness stigma because we know that stigma is a major barrier that stops people from seeking help.

Get involved by signing our Stop Mental Illness Stigma Charter here and take part in our social media campaign by taking a pledge below.  Links to regional events and mental health resources, including posters are also included.

Pledge to Stop Mental Illness Stigma

By implementing the Stop Mental Illness Stigma Charter, you will join over 50 other organisations in reducing stigma, you can become a part of a movement that is actively working towards stopping mental illness stigma.

Pledge to Stop Mental Illness Stigma by printing one of the below posters, taking a photo, tagging us on Twitter and/or Facebook and using the hashtag #stopstigmapledge

This Mental Health Week, I pledge to:

Regional events and resources

Staff and workplace:

Health professionals:

Individuals and families: