Statistics reveal that one third of adult life is spent at work and work-related stress is estimated to affect around 32 per cent of all Australians, with one in two experiencing a mental health condition in our lifetime.
It makes good business sense to create a mentally healthy workplace – for every $1 spent on mentally healthy workplaces, up to $2.30 is returned from reduced presenteeism, absenteeism and compensation.
Workplace Health and Safety Queensland is asking businesses to complete a survey so we can understand your preferences, barriers and drivers for implementing systems which consider mental health and engaging in workplace mental health initiatives.
The survey takes about 10 minutes to complete and is best done by the person who knows about health and safety in your workplace. This might be a safety or injury management professional, human resource professional, senior leader or business owner.
The survey results are anonymous and in no way will you be identifiable. The survey will close on Friday 8 November.
Participating organisations will have the opportunity to win:
- one free delivery of a four-hour mentally healthy workplaces session for managers and supervisors (for up to 50 managers within a 120 km radius of Brisbane CBD – valued at $990)
- an analysis of the psychosocial hazards across your organisation using the People at Work tool to deliver a custom report with tailored recommendations to improve psychological health within your organisation (suitable for businesses with 20 or more staff).
If you have any questions about the survey, please contact WHSQ’s Psychological Health Unit at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For guidance on creating a mentally healthy workplace:
- Attend a Mentally Healthy Workplaces workshop.
- Download the Mentally healthy workplaces toolkit to help take positive steps towards a mentally healthy workplace.
- Revisit the presentations from our Mental Health Forum held earlier this month.
- Check out the Preventing and managing risks to work-related psychological health guide(PDF, 503.52 KB)
- Small business? Download the Psychological health for small business guide(PDF, 393.27 KB)
- Work in health services? Download the Prevention and management of work-related violence and aggression in health services guide
- Watch Libby Trickett, Mental health ambassador, personal story film and share with your colleagues.
- Learn about the early warning signs that indicate a worker may need support. If you notice any changes in behaviour, engage in meaningful conversations with those who may be under stress.
- If you or someone you know needs support, call Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1300 224 636.