Addressing mental health in the workplace makes good business sense
Mon 22 October 2012
45 per cent of Australians will experience a mental health problem in their lifetime, with 20 per cent affected every year by conditions such as anxiety disorders, depression, bipolar disorder or schizophrenia. This means that every employee will be impacted at some time during their career by mental illness.
Research shows that Australian businesses lose more than $6.5 billion each year by failing to provide early intervention and treatment for employees with mental health conditions. Businesses have a role to play in the management, early intervention and treatment of mental illness.
National mental health charity SANE is one organisation assisting employers and managers to become better equipped to manage mental illness.
The October edition of HR Monthly outlines SANE Australia's Mindful Employer program, and features the case study of Citibank Australia who has used this programme to address the issue of mental health in its workplace. Read HR Monthly article "Mental Health Matters" here.