The real cost of mental health in the workplace.
Each year, approximately one in five Australians experience symptoms of a common mental illness such as depression or anxiety. In the workplace, mental illness is a leading cause of lost productivity. This can be due to time off, as well as difficulty functioning in the workplace.
Untreated mental health conditions cost Australian workplaces approximately $10.9 billion per year (2). This staggering figure highlights the prevalence of mental health conditions in society and the need to provide adequate support in the workplace. For every $1 that is invested in creating a mentally healthy workplace, there is a $2.30 positive return on investment (ROI)(3).
(2) TNS 2014, State of Workplace Mental Health in Australia
(3) PwC2014, Creating a mentally healthy workplace: return on investment analysis.
Mental health training
Learn the skills to identify and assist colleagues who may be experiencing issues with their mental health by completing our workplace mental health training.
Like traditional first aid, mental health training does not teach people how to diagnose or treat mental problems. Instead, the training teaches people how to identify potential problems or crisis situations, offer initial support and how and when to refer people to appropriate support services.
Our Mental Health First Aid training covers:
- Building skills to help support anyone who may be developing or experiencing mental health problems or crises
- The option to include selected Mental Health First Aid Australia accredited courses delivered by accredited instructors
- Developing resilience in the workplace through education, training and care.
Mental Health First Aid Australia
Mental Health First Aid Australia is a national not-for-profit organisation that develops and evaluates training programs, and trains and accredits instructors. St John Qld offers selected Mental Health First Aid Australia accredited courses delivered by accredited instructors.
Our courses provide participants with information on common mental illnesses, including depression and anxiety, as well as post-traumatic stress, suicidal thoughts and substance use disorders.
Participants will learn how to identify people who may be suffering from mental health problems, and provide initial support and referral to professional services where appropriate.
Participants will also learn how to promote a mentally healthy workplace and are provided with strategies for how to look after themselves.
Courses are delivered by St John Qld facilitators who are accomplished communicators and have considerable experience delivering mental health and wellbeing courses. Coupled with their practical experience, they have a variety of qualifications in mental health, community service and vocational education and training. Our facilitators all currently hold leadership and training roles within St John Qld.