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Workplace Health and SafetyOctober 7, 2015
October is Mental Health Awareness Month and World Mental Health Day is happening on October 10. With this in mind it is a great incentive for employers to learn the best way to manage mental illness within their workplace.
It is highly likely that as an employer, you will experience a worker with a mental health issue as it is far more common than many people realise.
On average 45% of Australians aged between 16 and 85 will experience a mental illness at one point in their lives, whilst one in five Australia adults will experience mental illness in any given year.
Considering that 60% of employees’ waking hours are spent at work, it is important to know the best way to handle mental health within your workplace. An unhealthy workplace, such as a workplace which is mentally draining or stressful, can contribute to the development of mental illness.
The many ways mental illness can affect your workplace include:
All employers are obliged to take the appropriate steps to help minimise health and safety risks within your workplace. These can include:
Under the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 an employer is obligated to (as far as reasonably practicable):
Employsure knows that employees with a better mental state and healthier outlook are much more likely to be productive. Encouraging mental health educational programs, training and health awareness in your workplace is a great way to ensure you have a supportive work environment. Employsure can work with you to develop and implement mental health strategies tailored to your business, so give us a call today on 1300 651 415.