Heads Up

Last updated: 31 May 2016

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Mental health in the workplace is an issue of growing importance. Mentally healthy workplaces are increasingly being recognised as more productive ones. They have less unscheduled absences, less psychological injuries and less costly insurance premiums.

Approximately 1 in 5 employees are likely to experience mental ill health. The direct financial impact of mental health conditions for Australian employers is estimated to be $10.9 billion annually due to absenteeism, presenteeism and compensation claims. However, there is also a large return on investment for action taken. For government agencies with more than 200 staff, Price Waterhouse Coopers found that the Return on Investment was $9.01 for every dollar spent.

The Mentally Healthy Workplace Alliance was formed in 2013 which includes government, the mental health sector and business. The alliance created Heads Up, a suite of tools to assist employees and organisations create mentally health workplaces. By creating a mentally healthy workplace, employers can create an environment where employees feel safe to talk about their mental health and early intervention can occur. Key to this is tackling stigma related to mental health.

For more information, go to the Heads up website at: www.headsup.org.au