APS launches new website promoting mental health and wellbeing at Work

Help for managers, supervisors and employers who are grappling with staff mental health issues have now been provided with some aid on behalf of The Australian Public Service.

Interestingly a recent report by Safe Work Australia confirmed the suspicions of many, that stress is the biggest negative impact on workers in Oz and mental health is becoming an increasing problem in workplaces.

Despite this fact an aspect of occupational health and safety that is commonly ignored is mental health of workers, that is why Safe Work Australia conducted a report dedicated solely to work-related mental stress.

As Safe Work Australia explained work-related mental stress has become a major concern in workplaces across Oz, this is evident by the increasing costs associated with time off work such as claims by workers which are costing the economy millions. So it is a welcomed guide that has been provided by the APS to assist employers to promote mental health and wellbeing in workplaces.

The guide is a combined effort between Comcare and the APS and attempts to encourage a culture of positivity towards mental health in the workplace. Often employers and co-workers aren’t equipped to handle mental health issues about workers and that is where this guide aims to help.

According to the APS, healthy workplaces deliver greater productivity, improve workforce participation and increase social inclusion. It’s important to get this right because the consequences of ill health on individuals, their families, communities and the economy are profound.

The guide follows topics such as creating a respectful workplace, talking about mental health at work, managing risks to prevent harm, recognising when to step in with help and supporting workers returning to work.

This is what the APS had to say about the guide on its website,

The guide is a key initiative of the Australian Public Service Commission’s As One—APS Disability Employment Strategy.

This guide, Working Together: Promoting mental health and wellbeing at work, is a key initiative of As One—APS Disability Employment Strategy. The guide aims to empower managers and employees to work together to build inclusive workplace cultures and effective systems for promoting mental health in the Australian Public Service (APS).

We will all be touched by mental ill health at some stage in our lives and some of us live with a mental health condition. Leaders and managers must build their levels of confidence around mental health issues to better include people with mental ill health in our teams, and to enable appropriate support of employees during illness and recovery.

The guidance in Working Together is of two types—technical (improved processes and procedures, including early intervention) and cultural (attitudinal and behavioural changes, such as understanding and connecting with each other). The former we can implement relatively quickly, but the latter may take time. The success of the guide relies on its adoption. This will require perseverance, courage, commitment and leadership.

Read more: http://www.apsc.gov.au/publications-and-media/current-publications/mental-health

According to the APS, healthy workplaces deliver greater productivity, improve workforce participation and increase social inclusion. It’s important to get this right because the consequences of ill health on individuals, their families, communities and the economy are profound.

 

 

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