Studies have shown that 45% of Australian adults will experience mental health issues in their lifetime, which is an alarming figure in itself, but even more worrying is that 40% of people with mental ill-health are not getting the help they need, having never accessed professional mental health services or seen their GP to discuss it.
Improving mental health has many positive outcomes, particularly in the workplace, as a job provides employees with not only an income, but also purpose, goals and a sense of belonging. From an employer’s perspective, having a team who are mentally healthy can yield a 500% increase in productivity.
Even though the stigma of mental health issues is being eroded, many employees are still unlikely to report mental ill-health due to fear of judgment. This only adds to an already tough situation, and may impact on absenteeism and presenteeism.