Workplace Mental Health Resources

Improving workplace mental health is in everyone's interests, and we all have a role to play. Both employers and employees have formal rights and responsibilities under discrimination, privacy, and work health and safety legislation.  The Stock Feed Manufacturers Council of Australia encourage every site to have at least one Mental Health First Aid trained person on site.   

Mental illness is common.  One in five Australian adults experience a mental illness every year whilst 45 percent of Australian adults will be affected by mental illness at some time in their life.   Mental illness can affect high level managers, middle management and staff at any level of the organisation so it is important that everyone have workplace mental health awareness.

The COVID-19 pandemic is challenging us as a nation in ways we never could have imagined. But through these turbulent times we have also seen the best of people – communities coming together in a spirit of solidarity and kindness.

 

We have seen greater empathy for those who live with mental health issues.   There has been a renewed understanding that anyone can find themselves struggling and a recognition that the psychological fallout from the pandemic is being felt by people from all walks of life.  We are on the road to recovery but the mental health tail will be long and complex.

 

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Anxiety is the number one mental health problem in Australia.  One in 3 women and one in 5 men in Australia will suffer with anxiety at some stage of their life.  Awareness by colleagues could mean minor changes to work procedures making a huge difference to how comfortable and productive an employee could be.   

Depression

A physical or mental condition that affects someone for 14 days or longer.  

  • Nine Australians die every day by suicide. That’s more than double the road toll.

  • 75% of those who take their own life are male.

  • Over 65,000 Australians make a suicide attempt each year.

  • In 2019, 3,318 Australians took their own life.

  • Suicide is the leading cause of death for Australians between the ages of 15 and 44.

  • The suicide rate in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples is twice that of their non-Indigenous counterparts.

  • People in rural populations are 2 times more likely to die by suicide.

  • LGBTI+ community members experience significantly higher rates of suicide than the rest of the population.

  • For each life lost to suicide, the impacts are felt by up to 135 people, including family members, work colleagues, friends, first responders at the time of death.

What is a healthy workplace?

In the link below Heads Up looks at:

What is a healthy workplace,

Why it matters,

Workplace Stress,

Legal rights and responsibilities,

Strategies for a healthy workplace. 

These resources are available through Heads Up who provide Mental Health First Aid Resources

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Identifying & Managing Mental Health Issues

This module focuses on identifying and managing risks to mental health in the workplace, such as work-related stress.

SafeWork Australia defines work-related stress as the physical, mental and emotional reactions of workers who feel that the demands of their work demands exceed their abilities and/or their resources (such as time, help/support) to complete the work.

You'll learn:

  • common sources of work-related stress

  • actions to manage work-related stress

  • the different roles and responsibilities of people in the workplace.

Beyond Blue

Online Training & Resources

These free online resources have been developed by Beyond Blue to increase understanding of mental health in the workplace and provide practical strategies to support you. Each resource takes up to 20 minutes to complete and can be used on desktop computers, laptops, and tablets.

Some of the resources are also Sharable Content Object Reference Model (SCORM) which means they can be imported into your Learning Management System (LMS) if you have one.

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Suicide and crisis support

If you are in an emergency, or at immediate risk of harm to yourself or others, please contact emergency services on 000.

To talk to someone now call:

Suicide Call Back Service

Call 1300 659 467

Lifeline

Call 13 11 14

Beyond Blue

Call 1300 22 46 36

Supporting Others
Heads Up

If you are concerned about a colleague, Heads Up helps you start the conversation. 

Your Mental Health

SFMCA encourage every site to have at least one Mental Health First Aid trained person on site.   Part of the ongoing support of the workplace is to ensure the First Aid person is also supported.

Are you struggling?

NewAccess 
Provides free help for individuals - no referrals required

Developed by Beyond Blue, NewAccess is a free and confidential mental health coaching program for anyone feeling stressed or overwhelmed about everyday life issues, such as work, study, relationships, health or loneliness. 

  • It’s free, so no out of pocket costs!

  • No referral required.

  • It’s completely confidential.

  • You don’t have to visit a doctor first to get help from NewAccess - just enquire directly

  • It’s available via phone or video call

  • Face to face may be available - please ask when you enquire

  • The six structured sessions give you practical tools to manage whatever you’re facing

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In any one year, around 1 million Australian adults have depression

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And over 2 million have anxiety

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