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Depression, anxiety and substance overuse are the most common mental health disorders in Australia. One in three Australians will experience depression and/or anxiety at some point in their lifetime.
This means almost 20 per cent of all Australians will have experienced depression, anxiety or a substance use disorder in the last year. Most of these Australians will try to actively remain at work. (BeyondBlue)
With most of us spending more than 50% of our waking lives at work, the workplace can heavily influence the health of workers and our community as a whole.
A psychologically healthy workplace can be described as a high functioning, respectful and productive workplace.
Recognising and promoting good mental health is essential to creating a safe and healthy workplace. Organisations, managers and workers all have a responsibility to create a safe work environment that is supportive of workers experiencing mental illness. A psychologically healthy workplace:
Employers and managers have an obligation to manage and minimise health and safety risks in the workplace. This extends to identifying workplace practices, actions and incidents that can cause or contribute to worker's mental health. For example, excessive workloads; lack of role and task clarity; lack of flexibility; conflict.