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Mental Health Week 2021

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.

What's on

Mental Health Week promotes the importance of mental health and wellbeing and aims to reduce the stigma associated with mental illness. Keep an eye out for further program announcements!

Get involved

  • Organise a mental health awareness session to reduce stigma and promote help seeking behaviours. Check out Heads up toolbox talks on how to get a mental health conversation started in your workplace.
  • Learn about the early warning signs that indicate a worker may need support. If you notice any changes in behaviour, engage in meaningful conversations with those who may be under stress.
  • Download our Mentally healthy workplaces toolkit and other information and resources to help you take positive steps towards a mentally healthy workplace.
  • Conduct a psychosocial risk assessment (or review your existing assessment) by talking to workers at team meetings, workplace walk throughs and during individual conversations. The People at Work tool can help!
  • Remind staff about how to access information on local mental health services or your employee assistance provider.
  • Arrange a morning tea for staff to help them connect and take a break. Consider fundraising for a mental health organisation doing great work in your community.
  • Attend the Mental Health Forum – It’s a great opportunity to gain practical tools and strategies to help improve mental health and wellbeing for your staff, learn how to improve organisational culture and productivity and help breakdown the stigma surrounding mental health.
  • Find out more about what others are doing at on the Mental Health Week website and register your events on their calendar.