Mental Health is finally coming out of the shadows and is getting the light it deserves. Given that about one in five Australians will experience mental health in their lifetime, chances are you are working with someone who is currently going through a pretty tough time. So what can you do in your workplace to help manage and assist those with a mental health issue.
- Increase awareness of mental health conditions
- There are plenty of resources online from a variety of organisations (try Beyond Blue and Black Dog Institute). Why not put some pamphlets in the lunch room on your staff notice boards.
- Reduce the stigma
- There is still a strong stigma towards mental health in the workplace. Be courageous – speak openly about mental health conditions and encourage others to do the same.
- Support people facing mental health issues and offer flexible working arrangements
- Make sure your employees know that as an employer you will support them, whether this is financially or restructuring their work so they can better manage their health (e.g. remote work).
- Encourage them to seek medical advice early on.
- Educate all you team members on the signs to look for and how to approach someone appropriate that you think may be going through a rough patch.
Don’t be afraid to invest in supporting your team
- Research has shown that every dollar spent on implementing workplace mental health actions may generate $2.30 in benefits to the business.