mental health in the workplace

There is a great deal of difference between workplace cultures, needs, understanding of mental health issues, stressors etc. Fay designs all workplace presentations and workshops to suit the needs of the specific people involved to ensure we achieve their desired outcomes. Even if you want the certified Mental Health First Aid training, which can gain you Continuing Proffessional Development Points, she makes the adjustments to the scenarios etc that will pertain specifically to your needs.

Stress can lead to Depression and it is estimated, that annually in economic terms in Australia it:

  • Reduces workplace performance by 40%.
  • Costs the workplace $9960 per employee who has undiagnosed depression.
  • Contributes to the loss of 6 million working days annually.
  • Stress and mental disorder is the most frequently occurring occupational disease in Australia accounting for over 30% of occupational diseases.
  • Australian businesses lose over $6.5 billion each year by failing to provide early intervention/treatment for employees with stress and mental health conditions.

The total gross incurred cost of workplace mental disorder claims annually is $74.5 million in NSW alone. Claims are averaging $28,952 each. The total time lost from mental disorder claims was 43,217 weeks, with an average of 18 weeks per claim. ( WorkCover, NSW, Workers Compensation Statistics) . These figures are similar in other states.

Every dollar spent identifying, supporting and case-managing workers with mental health issues "yields close to a 500 per cent return in improved productivity", through increased work output and reduced absenteeism. ( Workers with Mental Illness: a Practical Guide for Managers).

No matter what area of work you are involved in your managers and staff need the safest environment you can offer in order to produce the best outcomes for your workplace, company, shareholders, service and individual workers, managers and their colleagues and families.

Below are some of the subjects people often want included in their training. Of course you can add other subjects as needed. How many of these subjects and what time can be dedicated to each will be up to your time and budget allowance. If you call Fay on 0438472254 and discuss your concerns you can advise her of what you think are your priorities and she will advise you about what she thinks would best suit your needs.

What subjects would you like to cover?

  1. Introduction to mental health issues in the workplace
  2. Basic information about mental health including warning signs of:
    • Depression
    • Anxiety
    • Bipolar and Schizophrenia
    • How to help a suicidal person
    • Borderline Personality Disorder
    • Possible effects of prescribed medications
    • Possible effects of drug and alcohol misuse
  3. Proportion of the working population with mental health issues.
  4. Symptoms of stress and Stress management
  5. Relaxation techniques
  6. Current trends, e.g. increase/decrease, workers compensation.
  7. Bullying and harassment.
  8. Influence of social media.
  9. Vision In Mind Stay Well Action Plan
  10. Managing Staff with Mental Health Issues
  11. Getting Back to Work after Mental Illness
  12. Time management
  13. Realistic and positive thinking
  14. Cognitive Behaviour Tools
  15. Mindfulness and wellbeing
  16. How can/does a manager respond and approach performance management for a person with mental illness.
  17. Workload strain and not letting your mind make things worse than they are.
  18. A safer workplace for the worker with Mental Illness.
  19. A safer workplace for others (affected by the workers behaviour)
  20. Productive and cohesive team
  21. Improving morale
  22. Ensure that industrial relations, human resource, WHS, and other applicable obligations are addressed effectively, e.g. disclosure, privacy, IR, WHS.
  23. Tools to support people with stress and mental illness
  24. The difference between” bad” and “mad”
  25. All on the same page
  26. Planning for the future for each person with mental illness or mental health issues.
  27. Discrimination and ways of avoiding it.
  28. Rights and responsibilities of all concerned including the responsibilities of the person with mental health issues.
  29. What to do if the person with MI will not take responsibility for their health and actions.
  30. The Vision In Mind Book of Stress Management Tools
  31. Supporting and managing the ageing workforce
  32. What role does memory play in confidence, managing, learning, relationships etc

Plus any other supporting information to assist your managers to effectively and compassionately manage and support workers with mental health issues (as recommended by you or me after consultation with you.).

Participants usually want time to discuss specific situations and find ways forward. The length of time this takes varies so we will need to be flexible with this but within the context of the overall time allowed for the course .

Email Fay at or call her on 0438472254.



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