Mental Health in the Workplace, presented by Jobs Australia
Jobs Australia is proud to be delivering a key forum into the state of mental illness within the workplace on World Mental Health Day. Held at the Marsh Offices on Collins Street in Melbourne, this event is one not to be missed for employers who wish to learn strategies for managing mental illness within a work environment.
Facilitated by the Love Me Love You Foundation, ex AFL Footballer Lance Picioane will bring together a host of keynote speakers to discuss the ramifications of not actively supporting workforces regarding mental illness. Leading psychologists, employees who have survived mental illness and other likeminded professionals will give you the insight to return to the workplace equipped to work with individuals dealing with mental illness. Jobs Australia
This forum aims to discuss the business and human imperative of creating mentally healthy workplaces and will launch Jobs Australia’s, ‘National Mental Health in the Workplace’ training program; a targeted program to assist organisations to improve culture and practices for managing mental health in the workplace.
The World Health Organisation predicts that by 2030 mental health problems will be the leading cause of mortality and morbidity globally.
We also know that
- Mental illnesses are the third leading cause of disability burden in Australia, accounting for an estimated 27% of the total years lost due to disability .
- Suicide is the leading cause of death for Australians aged 25-44 and the second leading cause of death for young people aged 15-24 .
These figures highlight the global scale of mental health issues and with health services under incredible strain, businesses in recent years have realised they have a significant role to play in accelerating progress in mental health management.
Approximately one third of or adult life is spent at work and with one in five Australians experience a mental illness every year that is a significant consideration for employers .
It is estimated that untreated mental health conditions cost Australian workplaces approximately $10.9 billion per year. This comprises $4.7 billion in absenteeism, $6.1 billion in presenteeism  and $146 million in compensation claims .
The World Health Organisation states that for every $1 invested into treatment and support of mental health sees a return of $4 in improved health and productivity. Mental health programs help break down stigma, foster a culture of openness in the workplace and provide support to those in need.
Jobs Australia is also proud to announce that all Jobs Australia members who attend this event, or as a result of this event, book a workshop with Jobs Australia’s Margaret Balsillie for the roll out of the Jobs Australia “Understanding Mental Health in the Workplace” workshop. To do this, submit an application located at the bottom of this page for the JLT Community Grant and register for this event. The JLT Community Grant is a $5,000 grant awarded to a Jobs Australia member who shares Jobs Australia's mission for a fair and equitable Australia.
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