I was recently given the opportunity to attend a conference in Melbourne on Mental Health in the workplace. I have attended such events in the past but this was an absolute stand out. I have come back with a renewed and refreshed zeal for making sure that Workskills is able to support and equip staff with the tools required to ensure we, as an organisation are a Mentally Healthy Workplace. Given the latest statistics from organisations such as Beyond Blue and the Black Dog Institute that
“One in five Australian employees are likely to be experiencing a mental health condition right now and around 45 per cent of people will experience a mental health condition – typically anxiety or depression – in their lifetime”
it is critical that we develop our managers and support staff.
We currently offer the Employee Assistance Program to all staff and their immediate families but there is much that we can do to further assist. Over the course of the next few months, I will be speaking with staff and teams about how they can support colleagues and create a Mentally Heathy Workplace for all employees.
Literature and posters will be available to assist staff as part of this initiative but it is important to remember that this isn’t a program to be rolled out and then forgotten but rather is a cultural shift that will be assist and support staff, now and into the future.