Mental Health Week, celebrated annually in October, promotes the importance of mental health and wellbeing and aims to reduce the stigma associated with mental illness.
While building a mentally healthy workplace makes good business sense, controlling psychological health and safety risks is also a legislative requirement.
A mentally healthy workplace is one that:
- promotes workplace practices that support positive mental health
- eliminates and minimises psychological health and safety risks through the identification and assessment of psychosocial hazards
- builds the knowledge, skills and capabilities of workers to be resilient and thrive at work
- is free of stigma and discrimination
- supports the recovery of workers returning after a physical or psychological injury.
The events held during the week are a great opportunity to show your commitment to building mentally healthy workplaces, nurture your teams' capabilities and improve your organisational awareness of psychological health and safety and early intervention.
This Mental Health week, the theme is ‘Take time’ – please take the time to include this important awareness week in your calendar, consider how you can support the week and contribute to reducing stigma and discrimination.