This page is a snapshot of the state of mental wellbeing in Australian workplaces.
Mental health in Australia
Mental health is the 3rd biggest health problem in Australia (Human Rights Australia, 2010 Workers with Mental Illness: a Practical Guide for Managers)
Anxiety disorders affect 1 in 7 people, and affective disorders such as depression affect 1 in 16 (Australian Bureau of Statistics, One in five Australians have a mental illness)
45% of Australians aged 16-85 will experience a mental disorder in their life.
Mental wellbeing in the workplace
25% of all Australian workers take time off each year due to stress
Half of all psychological injury claims arise from stress
Australian businesses loss $6.5 billion every year by failing to implement adequate preventative wellbeing measures (Human Rights Australia, 2010 Workers with Mental Illness: a Practical Guide for Managers)
The business case: productivity
There is a 500% return on productivity for every dollar spent on supporting mental health conditions in the workplace. (Hilton M, Assisting the Return on Investment of Good Mental Health Practices as cited in Cowan G, Best Practice in Managing Mental Health in the Workplace)
9 in 10 Australian workers believe having a mentally healthy workplace is important
75% believe workplaces should be providing support for mental health conditions
Alarmingly, only 1 in 2 perceive their workplace to be mentally healthy.
The majority of management recognises that mentally healthy workplaces are important (89%) but only 56% of employees perceive that management recognised this. (HeadsUp & PricewaterhouseCoopers, Creating a mentally healthy workplace)