The NSW Government has today released the most comprehensive research ever conducted about mental health in NSW workplaces.
According to the Minister for Better Regulation, Matt Kean, the findings would inform the Mentally Healthy Workplaces Summit in November, and help develop a long-term strategy for mentally healthy workplaces in the state.
“These findings show nearly half of the businesses have no measures in place that specifically address mental health in the workplace,” he said.
“That’s quite a staggering statistic when you consider that one-third of our adult life is spent at work and that work can, therefore, have a significant impact on our mental health.”
A Return on Investment (ROI) Analysis of workplace mental health initiatives has also been released today.
“This research demonstrates that businesses which invest in workplace mental health promotions can get a return of more than $4 for every $1 invested from reduced absenteeism and better productivity,” said Mr. Kean.
“So there’s a real opportunity for businesses to introduce valuable mental health programs in their workplaces while having a considerable impact on their business’s bottom line.”
Minister for Health Tanya Davies said prevention and early intervention can do a lot in improving workers’ mental health across NSW.
“The State Government is absolutely committed to improving mental health in NSW and out Mentally Healthy Workplaces Strategy is a critical part of our comprehensive approach to this important issue,” said Mrs. Davies.
“Today’s findings show there is more work to be done to help businesses support staff with evidence-based mental health strategies in the workplace.
“This research will also help inform our Mentally Health Workplaces Summit next month so we can have productive discussions that address some of the key areas for improvement.”