Mental Health at Work Guide

There are 3 million reasons to create a mentally healthy workplace

One in six working-age people have a mental health condition.

And under the Work Health and Safety Act, employers who fail to meet their legal obligations in relation to mental illness can face up to:

$3 million fines for corporations

$600,000 or 5 years’ imprisonment for individuals

Workers with mental health conditions are also protected by the Disability Discrimination Act and the Fair Work Act.

This is an issue no responsible manager can afford to ignore.

In addition to the legal hazards, overlooking workplace mental health can also create a considerable financial burden.

Absence and long-term work incapacity brought about by mental illness costs Australian businesses $10.9 billion annually.

However businesses that invest in improving mental health in their workforce will see a quantifiable return of investment.

Research shows that for every dollar spent on targeted action to increase workplace mental health, there is an average of $2.30 in benefits to be gained.

Managing mental health in an organisation not only minimises legal risks, but makes good business sense.

In The Mental Health at Work Guide 2018 we outline everything employers must do to identify and handle mental health risks in the workplace and create an environment that is mentally healthy and legally compliant.

The guide details:

  • What mental illness is

    Understand the different types and severity of mental illnesses, what may cause them and how they can be identified by employers.

  • The affects mental health can have on a business

    Learn about the potential economic costs to businesses, the prevalence of mental illness in Australian workplaces and the consequences businesses can face when they fail to manage it.

  • Employers’ legal obligations regarding mental illness

    Workers with mental health issues are protected by law and there is numerous legislation employers must adhere to. Find out exactly what your legal obligations are.

  • How to identify workplace mental health risks

    We explain exactly what can cause mental health risks in the workplace and show you step by step how to assess them.

  • Ways to minimise workplace mental health risks

    Know everything managers must do to reduce mental health risks in their workplace and determine if they have a positive workplace culture.

  • Handling mental illness risks and employees with mental health issues

    No employer can afford to get this wrong.

    Here we show you how to professionally:

    • Approach mental illness
    • Determine if you are prepared to effectively deal with mental illness
    • Discuss mental health issues with employees
    • Handle a mental health emergency

The guide is packed with essential:

Checklists

Be certain that you have taken every step necessary to protect your workers and your business.

Examples

Understand what can happen in different situations and how to respond accordingly.

Case Law

Cases frequently make it to court. Find out what can be learned from the outcomes.

As an employer you have a strict legal obligation to provide a mentally healthy environment for all of your employees.

The Mental Health at Work Guide 2018 provides you with the information you need to minimise all legal and financial risks relating to workplace mental illness.


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