Mental health is a significant issue in the Australian work force. From September 2018, 12.6 million Australian’s are in the work force, at any point in time, one in five people suffering from mental illness, some of whom may be working within your business. Work-related mental illness takes an enormous toll on worker health, productivity, and impacts negatively their families, and colleagues.
As per Safe Work Australia statistics, the typical time off work for a work-related mental disorder claim is 15.7 weeks. 60% of mental disorder claims awarded to workers aged 40 and over. $543 million is paid in workers’ compensation for work-related mental health conditions. Each year, 7,200 Australians are compensated for work-related mental health conditions, equating to around 6% of workers’ compensation claims, which is associated with high personal and economic costs.
Workplaces can play an important and active role in maintaining the mental health and well-being of their workers. Every business has a legal and ethical responsibility to provide a mentally and physically safe workplace. Creating a mentally healthy workplace has many benefits for both employers and employees. Some of the benefits for the workplaces are reduced absenteeism, increased employee engagement and improved productivity.
Those suffering from mental illness are one of the most stigmatised groups in the society. This stigma is frequently extending into the workplaces. Mental health first aid training will help businesses to increases awareness of mental health issues, can reduce stigma and may improve the mental health of participants, and educate workers on how they could help others who were in a mental health crisis and/or in the early stages of mental health problems.
Do you need more information? Read our Blog – Six Steps to tie mental health and well-being program into your workplace culture and 5 things you can do to make your workplace Mentally Healthy
WHS and Training Compliance, we understand the impacts of mental illness to your employee, their families, their work and your business. We are here to support your business to implement mental health initiative. We provide Mental Health First Aid training Brisbane North, Toowoomba, and Townsville. Our 2019 training schedule will assist you with the venues and dates. If you would like us to provide onsite Standard Mental Health First Aid training, we can travel across Australia. Contact our friendly team to assist you.
More information on our Mental Health First Aid Trainer, instructor profile, is available at Mental Health First Aid Australia