Heads up on mental health
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.