Support yourself and others
There's a lot you can do to look after your health and wellbeing, and to support others at work. Here we’ve included a number of places you can access support services, find professionals, evidence-informed tools, apps and other resources that can help.
Nearly one in six workers are experiencing mental ill-health now1 but up to 54 percent don’t access treatment2&3.
Take action early
Being proactive and aware can prevent the onset of mental ill-health or illness, reduce the severity or duration of an existing illness, and promote recovery.
Mental health training can help you learn to recognise the early signs of mental illness. But seeing the signs is just the first step. It’s best to make it easy for workers to find and get help. Encourage them to seek support by:
- working out what is contributing to these early signs, and putting in place actions to support mentally healthy workplaces
- changing the way you work, including reviewing and updating policies and procedures to support mental health
- taking a look at your workplace culture
- providing managers, workers and peer support volunteer with education and training
- promoting available support services, tools and resources to managers and workers, so they know about them and can easily find them if they need them.
- UTS & The University of Sydney, Mentally healthy workplaces: a return-on-investment study, 2017
- Black Dog Institute, Facts and figures about mental health, 2018
- Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, Australia’s Health, 2014