Mental health help available
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.”