Men­tal health help avail­able

Tweed Daily News - - NEWS -

TWEED work­ers will be able to ac­cess more sup­port through a new men­tal health work­place strat­egy.

Tweed MP Ge­off Provest said the first stages of the gov­ern­ment’s Men­tally Healthy Work­places strat­egy had been launched, in­clud­ing an in­ter­ven­tion pro­gram, a web­site with free sup­port and re­sources and ad­di­tional fund­ing to help drought-af­fected farm­ers.

“About one in six work­ers will ex­pe­ri­ence sig­nif­i­cant men­tal ill­ness in any four­week pe­riod and Tweed is no dif­fer­ent,” he said.

“It of­ten means time off work, which can have a big im­pact on fam­i­lies, busi­nesses and the en­tire com­mu­nity.”

The plan also in­cludes a fund­ing boost of $100,000 for a vir­tual psy­chol­o­gist ser­vice to give more than 1100 farm­ers ac­cess to coun­selling sup­port.

Mr Provest said it was the first stage of the $55 mil­lion strat­egy.

“This is the sin­gle big­gest in­vest­ment in work­place men­tal health in the coun­try’s his­tory,” he said.

“By im­prov­ing men­tal health in Tweed we can re­duce ab­sen­teeism, im­prove the pro­duc­tiv­ity of busi­nesses and grow the lo­cal econ­omy.”

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