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Wellbeing at Work - Mental Health Week

Are you one of the five million Aussies working more than 40 hours/week?

Monday October 10, 2016

According to the Bureau of Statistics, the old adage of working nine to five is truly a thing of the past for almost 65% of working Australians^.

It's becoming more important to be able to recognise the signs and symptoms of mental health concerns and mental illness in the workplace, with some six million working days lost every year due to mental illness^^. A supportive and safe work environment, on the other hand, has been shown to foster increased learning, creativity and productivity at work.

There are plenty of things we can all do to ensure we are looking after ourselves and our colleagues during work hours - from stretching and exercising in our breaks, to getting social at lunch.

In addition, Red Cross is encouraging Australian workplaces to embrace a more accepting culture towards mental illness, by offering mental health training for different industries.

Red Cross Trainer, Janie McCullagh says people and teams who attend the training are helped to develop action plans to prevent mental health concerns at their workplace, while being given tools and techniques to respond to crisis situations.

"Participants leave the training feeling confident that they will know how to manage a crisis situation within their scope of support," she says.

Participants from a range of insurance companies, department stores and government departments have seen positive outcomes from these workshops.

"Learning more about mental health and having the skills to provide early intervention and support is just one part of the bigger picture," said QBE Workplace Health and Safety Officer, Michelle.

"At QBE we want to see the stigma removed and encourage open discussion by providing a safe environment which is a great result for everyone."

Organisations who book Red Cross mental health training are not only doing something incredible for their people and their business, but the cost of the training will go towards Red Cross' wider work in the community.

You can find training options and booking information here.


^ Australian Bureau of statistics (2014) Characteristics of Employment, Australia.
^^ Andrews G, Hall W, Teesson M, and Henderson S. (1999). The Mental Health of Australians. Mental Health Branch, Commonwealth Department of Health and Aged Care.