The Mental Health Commission of NSW and SafeWork NSW have united to improve workplace mental health and wellbeing outcomes in NSW.
Today, the Commission and SafeWork NSW entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that solidifies a collaborative approach to developing and promoting mentally healthy workplaces across NSW. The purpose of the MoU is to recognise and strengthen the existing co-operative relationship between SafeWork NSW and the Commission. It also recognises the parties’ roles in driving research, innovation and policy development in improving mental health and wellbeing for the people of NSW.
At any given time, one in six working age people are living with a mental illness, which equates to more than 800,000 workers across NSW.
Workplace mental health is a priority for both organisations with SafeWork NSW developing the Mentally Healthy Workplaces Strategy and the Commission’s commitments detailed in Living Well.
NSW Mental Health Commissioner Catherine Lourey said, “Mental health, just like physical health, is an important part of work health and safety and we are proud to recognise and make our partnership with SafeWork NSW official today. I am confident this important step in the mental health reform process will achieve significant change in the workplace.”
Workplaces are important settings for the promotion of good mental health, prevention of mental health issues, and for supporting employees experiencing mental illness. Other activities the Commission has undertaken to promote workplace mental health in NSW include coordinating the development of the Mental Health and Wellbeing Strategy for First Responders Organisations in NSW, and hosting the 2016 community event Living Well@Work, which drew over 200 attendees.
A mentally healthy workplace is one that:
- promotes mental health and wellbeing
- develops strategies to reduce the risk of mental ill-health and promote mental resilience among staff
- creates a culture that facilitates early identification of mental illness and ecnourages help-seeking among staff
- ensures that staff who do develop mental ill-health are supported and receive quality, evidence-based interventions to promote recovery, and
- takes the approach that mental health is everyone’s business including managers, colleagues and individuals.
For more information on how mentally healthy and safe workplaces click here.