How to care for mental health in a workplace

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How to care for mental health in a workplace

Mental health is such an incredibly important topic to consider in workplaces. Even before the last few years, this was becoming an increasingly talked about topic but now it’s essential to focus on the mental health of your leadership, staff and clients.

Why focus on mental health in your organisation?

Current statistics show that each year 1 in 5 Australians will experience a common mental illness. That’s a huge portion of your workplace. The wellbeing of your staff goes far beyond just the physical. People spend a large portion of their day to day lives at work, and for some, this may be the only place they have access to others who can help them if they’re struggling. 

While many people want to help, mental health is obviously a sensitive and complex topic, one which plenty of employers may not be knowledgeable or confident to offer assistance in. Only 22% of full-time workers with signs of common mental illness receive treatment for their mental health problems.

Aside from the general importance of having healthy and happy staff, mental illness is the leading cause of sickness, absence, and long term work incapacity in Australia. These cost Australian workplaces $4.7 billion in absenteeism, $1.6 billion in presenteeism, and $146 million in compensation claims per year.

 

How can Workskil Australia offer assistance in mental health training?

Workskil Australia can provide training to our employer partners and their staff on the importance of mental health and wellbeing in the workplace as well as provide the right tools to individuals through Mental Health First Aid training.

Mental Health First Aid is an evidence-based training course that provides participants with the skills and confidence to have supportive conversations with not only their customers but also their co-workers, whilst guiding them to professional help if needed. It’s important to note that this doesn’t mean that the best course of action for someone struggling shouldn’t be to seek further professional help but instead means staff are more equipped to help those reaching out in the first instance.

We can deliver this training to your employees face to face, online or in a blended format to best suit how your organisation operates.

 

What credentials do we have?

Workskil Australia is fortunate to have access to Sladjana Armour, an experienced and accredited Mental Health First Aid Trainer with certified qualifications and over 20 years of experience working with people who present with complex mental health and other related difficulties. Her extensive experience, knowledge, and passion for Mental Health Training make Sladjana an ideal facilitator for such an important workplace training.

We are also a Gold Skilled workplace as recognised by Mental Health First Aid Australia. 

 

How to begin

To register the interest of your workplace or to speak further with our helpful staff please fill out our contact form.

We look forward to hearing from you and helping your workplace become one of the 900,000 others working towards a better mental health future in Australia.