Workplaces across the country have significantly increased their focus on better mental health with the creation of an Australian-first alliance to drive change in business culture and practice.
The Mentally Healthy Workplace Alliance brings together mental health advocates, business representatives and government agencies in a partnership committed to improving mental health among Australian workers.
Offically launched two years ago in July 2013, the Alliance aims to provide the business sector with practical guidance about mental health designed to drive sustainable changes in business culture and practice, and is developing an evidence-based business case for promoting mentally healthy workplaces.
Founding members include:
Research shows that depression in the workplace costs Australia more than $12 billion a year in lost production and job turnovers. This is reflective of an environment where for too long governments and businesses have failed to recognise that good mental health in the workplace is just as important as physical safety.
Professor Allan Fels, Chair of the National Mental Health Commission says the Alliance wants all Australian workplaces to be taking active steps to create mentally healthy workplaces and fully realise the benefits to individuals, businesses and the community.
“Mentally healthy workplaces prevent harm to the mental health of their people, make sure people who experience mental health difficulties are supported, and have positive cultures that are conducive to mental wellbeing.”
Alliance members acknowledge that:
The Alliance’s vision is for all Australian workplaces take active steps to create mentally healthy workplaces and fully realise the benefits to their people, their business and the community.
The Alliance has launched a call for good practice and we will use the information gathered through this and other work to develop practical, national resources for businesses for release later in the year.
To find out more, or to get involved, check out the The Mentally Healthy Workplace Alliance website: http://www.workplacementalhealth.com.au
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