Heads up on men­tal health

The Courier-Mail - Career One - - Executives -

EM­PLOY­ERS who take more ac­tion on men­tal health in the workplace will re­ceive an aver­age re­turn of $2.30 for ev­ery $1 they in­vest in ef­fec­tive men­tal health strate­gies.

Men­tally Healthy Workplace Al­liance and be­yond­blue have launched a na­tional cam­paign to en­cour­age more busi­ness lead­ers to ad­dress the men­tal health of work­ers.

The Aus­tralian-first cam­paign, Heads Up, is backed up with the Price­wa­ter­house­Coop­ers re­search, which an­a­lysed the ef­fect a worker’s men­tal health has on their pro­duc­tiv­ity, par­tic­i­pa­tion and com­pen­sa­tion claims.

Jeff Ken­nett, chair­man of be­yond­blue, says one in five work­ers ex­pe­ri­ence men­tal health con­di­tions such as de­pres­sion and anx­i­ety.

“This re­port shows em­ploy­ers have a re­spon­si­bil­ity not only to their work­ers but also to their businesses’ prof­itabil­ity to tackle these con­di­tions at work,” he says. “Heads Up will pro­vide them with a tai­lor-made ac­tion plan to do this and helps en­sure Aus­tralia’s 11.5 mil­lion work­ers re­ceive the sup­port they need to be men­tally healthy and pro­duc­tive.”

Lead­ers can visit www. headsup.org.au to learn more.

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