Every year, 1 in 5 Australians will experience a common mental illness. That means that every day, millions of Australians go to work while experiencing a mental health problem; the impact of this is can be enormous, affecting workplace productivity, performance, and employee well-being.*
Given that the average Australian worker will spend close to one third of their lives at work, the workplace is an ideal place for early intervention for mental illness.
In the workplace, we often overlook how much an influence simple social connections and self-care actions can have towards our mental health and wellbeing. It’s essential to enjoying our jobs and careers and having a happy work-life balance.
Workplaces differ widely and the pressures of each are unique, whether it’s long hours, high expectations, or time pressure, these stressors can be incubators for stress, anxiety, and burnout. We may get caught in a cycle of deadlines, meetings, and to-do lists, neglecting our own self-care or relaxation. Be proactive with your self-care, overlooking or undervaluing our health can take a toll on our mental health and physical wellbeing.
Your work colleagues are in the same environment with you. Fostering a positive, and supportive work environment, and knowing how to advocate for mental health and well-being is a crucial skill in today’s workplace. Identifying when you or your colleagues need help can cultivate healthier, more balanced work-life, benefiting not only ourselves but also the organisations we work within.
This looks different depending on your workplace or organisation, but a great place to start is a training course. You’ll learn about different mental health challenges and how to support someone in crisis, and when teams are equipped with these skills, it can lead to an overall much for supportive workplace culture.
These courses can help you establish a supportive workplace atmosphere:
How to Identify when Extra Support for Mental Health is Needed.
Recognising when to seek support for ourselves and identifying mental health challenges in others is an essential life skill. Knowing when to ask for support can make a significant difference in our lives. Knowing how to recognise someone needs support can make a significant difference in the lives of those we care about.
Prioritise your well-being and learn how to support others.
Prioritise Your Mental Health
Make your mental health a priority by focusing on self-care and wellbeing. Learn more about mental health, take charge of your health and gain some skills that help you identify when to reach out for help and how to support those we care about.
Mental Health Events
Various mental health resources are available, including online resources, support groups, and mental health professionals. WA Mental Health Week is a great resource of events happening each October in WA.
The Western Australian Association for Mental Health has a list of events that promote and support positive wellbeing and self-care that are fun and support Mental Health Week.
Prioritizing mental health is crucial for overall health and wellbeing. Taking care of ourselves, being proactive in seeking help when needed, and utilising mental health resources can lead ourselves leading fuller and happier lives, deeper friendships and stronger relationships.
*source: Mental Health First Aid Australia.