Mental health in the workplace - here’s what we know:
One in 5 Australians will experience a mental illness in any year
Almost half (47%) of Australians will experience a mental illness in their lifetime
54% of people with a mental illness will not access any treatment - the proportion of people accessing help for mental illness is half that of people with physical disorders
One in 5 Australian workers is currently experiencing a mental health condition
Mental health can be brought into the workplace, or it can cause/be impacted by the workplace
Approximately $543 million is paid in workers compensation costs for work-related mental health conditions
Psychological safety is a legal requirement
A proactive approach to mental health at work focuses on eliminating problems and reducing the risk of poor mental health before it becomes an issue and starts to cost you money, lost productivity etc.
A reactive approach is based on responding to events after they have happened.
What do you think sounds better?
So, what would a reactive company do about this?
Unfortunately, this is what most companies look to do. They lock in a mental health first aid session (which has it’s place of-course, but it’s a tiny piece of the puzzle), and they probably have an EAP provider available for their staff. But did you know EAP uptake can be as little as 5%? Considering 20% of your workforce is CURRENTLY experience a mental health issue, this EAP uptake rate clearly isn’t enough. This “solution” isn’t working! Also, what about the 54% of people who don’t seek help? Do your staff have to ask for access to their EAP? The stigma associated with mental health would be enough to stop plenty of employees from seeking help through an EAP.
Have you ever heard the saying “prevention is better than a cure”?
Similar to this, a proactive company is able to much better support their employees and promote good mental health. A proactive company can teach their employees how they can reduce their risk of poor mental health by implementing lifestyle changes or learning more about their brain chemistry so they can optimise their brain chemistry and prevent depression and anxiety.
What if we told you:
Just 30 minutes of exercise each day can prevent depression and anxiety by up to 30%
You can reduce your risk of depression by 35% by following a plant-based diet
That’s just two lifestyle changes that can be taught to your workforce as part of a proactive approach to mental health.
Our mental health solutions and programs take a proactive approach, so we can have a big impact at your workplace and reduce costs for your business. As an added bonus, our branding is designed to reduce the stigma and help engage every employee. Chat to us today about how you can get proactive about mental health at your workplace.