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.
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.
This Mental Health Week, I pledge to:
- stop mental illness stigma
- be mindful of my language
- challenge the stereotypes
- call stigma for what it is
- not treat people as a diagnosis or a label
- be aware of my own attitudes and behaviours
- speak up when I need support
- not let my illness define me
- use my experience to help others
- be supportive of others
- not exclude others
- know the facts about mental health
- promote help and recovery
- listen to the experiences of others
- adopt the stop mental illness stigma charter
- or make your own pledge.
Regional events and resources
- Offiical 2017 Mental Health Poster
- Murray PHN Mental Health Week poster
- Mental Health Week events in our region (Bendigo, Castlemaine, Echuca, Swan Hill and Wodonga).
- Workplace Health and Safety Month events (Bendigo, Echuca, Mildura, Shepparton, Swan Hill, Wangaratta and Wodonga including: Occupational violence and aggression in healthcare, Is the work safe? Do I feel safe? A psychosocial journey and How to engage GPs in return to work).
Staff and workplace:
- Murray PHN's activity ideas for staff
- The Mindful Employer program, endorsed by SANE Australia
- Heads Up, developed by Mentally Healthy Workplace Alliance and beyondblue
- World federation for mental health: Mental health in the workplace report
- Murray PHN referral pathways: Psychological Therapy Services, Mental Health Nurse Incentive Program and Mental Health Services Rural and Remote Areas are available in the Murray PHN region. Partners in Recovery is available in Hume and Loddon Mallee regions.
- Murray HealthPathways: free referral pathways for clinicians in our region, some pathways have already been localised with a number of mental health and alcohol and other drug (AOD) ones soon to be released.
- Mental Health First Aid Australia courses, coming up in: Albury, Bendigo, Castlemaine, Robinvale, Shepparton and Swan Hill.
- Mental Health Professionals Networks, supported by Murray PHN: Goulburn Valley Older Persons Mental Health and Mildura Interdiscipinary Health Practitioner Network
- RACGP: e-mental health guide for GPs
- eMHprac: resources and training for Allied Health Practitioners, Mental Health and Primary Health Care Nurses
Individuals and families:
- How to ask someone if they're ok and 5 tips for what to say when they're not
- Kidsmatter: primary schools and early childhood education and care services
- headspace: resources for young people, family and friends of and professionals who work with young people
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander social and emotional wellbeing (SEWB) web resource