Investing in mental health pays off

(May 20, 2014)

Learning the piano has helped Graeme Holdsworth recover. Photo: Eddie Jim

Employers urgently need to treat the mental health of their staff as seriously as their physical health and safety, according to Australia’s first campaign on mental health in the workplace.

With an estimated one in five Australian workers experiencing mental illnesses such as depression and anxiety, the cost to businesses is at least $10.9 billion a year, says mental health group beyondblue.

But if Australian businesses are willing to invest in effective mental health strategies they stand to gain an average return of $2.30 for every $1 spent, according to a report beyondblue commissioned from PricewaterhouseCoopers.

It found benefits could include higher productivity, less sick leave and absenteeism and fewer compensation claims.

”Many business leaders don’t know how to help those who are struggling with a mental health condition,” beyondblue chief executive Georgie Harman said.

”These people continue to face discrimination and do not get the same support that people with physical conditions receive…”

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The 15th International Mental Health Conference  will focus on many mental health issues including Suicide, Dementia, Depression, Personality Disorders and Trauma. The conference will be held at the QT Hotel, Surfers Paradise from Monday 25th to Tuesday 26th August 2014.  Optional workshops will held on Wednesday the 27th of August.  Presenters will motivate and inspire professionals (and future professionals) by sharing information about;

  •     Promotion and Prevention – examine and review effectiveness
  •     Early Intervention – strategies and treatments
  •     Innovative Programs  – designed to assist frontline workers and carers
  •     Implementing Government Policy – what changes can we expect
  •     Recovery – current practice innovations
  •     Treatment and Medication Interventions – what the future looks like
  •     New Technology – driver behind change
  •     Inclusive Approaches: Multicultural, Indigenous, men, youth and older people

Registrations are now open – discounts for earlybird registration apply until July 14th, 2014.  Register now for your opportunity to be part of this great conference.

If you require any further assistance, contact the conference secretariat:

Email:  conference@anzmh.asn.au
Ph: (61 7)  5502 2068

The 15th International Mental Health Conference will be held at the QT Hotel, Surfers Paradise from Monday 25th to Tuesday 26th August 2014.  Optional workshops will held on Wednesday the 27th of August.

The conference theme “Mental Health: Innovation | Integration | Early Intervention”, will focus on Suicide, Dementia, Depression, Personality Disorders and Trauma.

– See more at: http://anzmh.asn.au/conference/#sthash.afUQFnwx.dpuf

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