Mental Health Training Courses
Over 2 in 5 (44%, or 8.6 million) Australians aged 16–85 are estimated to have experienced a mental disorder at some time in their life, with 1 in 5 (21%, or 4.2 million) having experienced a mental disorder in the previous 12 months (https://www.aihw.gov.au/).
Undertaking a mental health training course with one of our experienced mental health practitioners equips people to recognise, connect and respond to someone experiencing a mental health problem or mental health crisis.
Leaving mental health (psychological safety) issues unaddressed is far more likely to cause real problems. In fact, beyondblue found that untreated mental health and psychological safety conditions cost Australian workplaces approximately $10.9 billion each year. This is made up of $4.7 billion in absenteeism, $6.1 billion in presenteeism and $146 million in compensation claims.
With the additional knowledge that almost half (45%) of Australians will suffer from legitimate mental health issues at some point in their lives, it seems that – despite concerns – addressing employee wellbeing is important and inevitable.
If we find it easy to talk about work performance, why can’t we talk about mental health (psychological safety) and staying well at work comfortably? We’re suggesting an overarching shift in the way we approach mental health and psychological safety in the workplace.
A key issue facing organisations which aim to develop a mentally healthy (psychologically safe) workplace is the disconnect between a leader’s and an employee’s perception of mental health (psychological safety) initiatives – whilst 71% of leaders felt that they were committed to promoting the mental health (psychological safety) of staff, only 37% of employees agree.
More concerning is the finding that, whilst 57% of leaders felt that they had engaged with employees to provide input into the planning, implementation and review of mental health programs in the workplace, only 25% of employees agreed!
Sadly, only 37% of the workforce believe that their leadership values or prioritises mental health (psychological safety).
Caring for staff, giving adequate support and cultivating premium health outcomes through communicative and positive environments will increase the mental health and psychological safety of the workforce.