Summit promotes mentally healthy workplaces

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The NSW Government will today host a Mentally Healthy Workplaces Summit to improve mental health in workplaces across the state.

There are 130 delegates, including mental health experts, the business sector, and government and worker representatives. Minister for Better Regulation Matt Kean said the event would inform a Mentally Healthy Workplaces Strategy enabling businesses to support mental health.

“Recent NSW Government-commissioned research showed that less than 25 percent of NSW businesses have measures in place that specifically address mental health,” said Mr. Kean.

“With one in six working-age people suffering from a mental illness across Australia, it’s clear that more needs to be done to understand and address this important issue.

“This week’s summit is a vital step in developing a long-term strategy that aims to reduce the causes, impact, and severity of mental health in workplaces across NSW.”

Minister for Mental Health Tanya Davies said the workplace plays an important role in improving workers’ mental health.

“With one-third of adult life spent at work, the workplace can have a significant impact on a person’s mental health,” said Ms. Davies.

“Strengthening prevention and early intervention supports is a critical part of the NSW Government’s comprehensive approach to improving mental health in our cities, rural areas and regional centres.”

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