Workplace mental health a challenge for managers

Reported mental health issues in the workplace have risen 56 per cent in the past year, and almost half of companies in a major survey say at least one employee has committed suicide or been at risk of doing so, according to a new report. A survey of 200 companies by law firm Minter Ellison found that one-third of the firms had recorded more than 15 cases of staff experiencing …

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Let’s talk about mental health at work

“We know that it can be really hard to talk to staff about mental health and how to actually look after one another’s health and well-being.” In a recent interview, Rebecca Lewis, campaign director of R U OK? Day, told HC about how this nationwide event could help encourage difficult conversations amongst staff. R U OK? Day, which will be held on 8 September, is a powerful entry point to talk about …

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Aussie man goes viral in fight against FIFO suicides.

An Australian worker has gone viral on Facebook fighting to put a stop to the high rates of long-distance workers committing suicide. Mario Prusac is the founder of Mind Over FIFO, which is a community created for long-distance workers battling high levels of stress. Fly-in fly-out (FIFO) workers suffer from depression at more than twice the rate of the general Australian population, research from Edith Cowan University has found. Researchers …

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Queensland Health Minister Cameron Dick on mental health

The unfortunate reality is that those in our community battling mental illness are likely to endure higher rates of unemployment, have worse physical health, live in poorer housing and suffer discrimination in many areas of their lives. AS Carol da Costa-Roque observed in Monday’s The Courier-Mail our society has some way to go towards providing people with mental illness with the full understanding, care and support that they deserve. The …

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Expert calls for mental health shake-up

SBS News Mental health sufferers are stigmatised by the professionals that are supposed to be caring for them, according to a globally-renowned expert calling for a shake-up of the system. Professor Mike Slade, from King’s College London’s Institute of Psychiatry, says the current attitude of mental health professionals is one of “do what we tell you to do and you will be well again.” He says stigma against mental illness …

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Should workplaces be educating staff about mental illness?

The Sydney Morning Herald Mental illness costs Australian businesses more than $10 billion every year, with about 12 million days lost to reduced productivity annually, begging the question of why workplaces aren’t doing more to educate employees about the issue. Mental Health Recovery Institute chief executive Pedro Diaz said businesses were still trying to catch up with workplace mental health training. “In reality, mental health [education] in the workplace is about 20 …

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No, I Can’t ‘Just Relax’: How I Learned To Manage My Anxiety Disorder

Lifehacker Australia According to the National Institute of Mental Health, anxiety disorders fall along an entire spectrum. One of the most common is Generalized Anxiety Disorder, which is the closest to what I deal with, but you can also suffer from panic disorders that cause sudden and repeated panic attacks, or social anxiety disorders that tend to crop up when dealing with other people. Mental health problems don’t come in …

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Australia in the middle of “mental health crisis” with unnecessary deaths escalating

The Age Australia is in the grip of a mental health “crisis” that is leading to the unnecessary deaths of thousands, former Australian of the Year Patrick McGorry says. In a passionate plea to new Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, Professor McGorry said if the government doubled the amount it spent on the direct care of people with mental illness, it would “be enough” to resolve the crisis. Suicide is the leading cause …

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One in three who attempt suicide receive no follow up support

The Canberra Times, 3 September 2015. One in three Australians arriving at hospital after attempting suicide is receiving no mental health follow-up care, with many having their behaviour dismissed by hospital staff as attention seeking, according to a national research report released on Thursday. The study by NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in Suicide Prevention and the Black Dog Institute shows 60,000 Australians attempting suicide every year, with 2500 dying …

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Early Bird Registration Closing Soon!

You are invited to The 7th Australian Rural and Remote Mental Health Symposium, held from the 26 – 28 October 2015 at the Novotel Forest Resort Creswick, VIC. Early Bird registration for the Conference will close Friday 18 September so make sure you have registered and paid by close of business 18 September 2015. In 2014, this event sold out so you are encouraged to register at your earliest convenience to secure …

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