The definition of 'health' in the Work Health and Safety Act 2012 (SA) includes psychological health. A person conducting a business or undertaking (PCBU) has a primary duty of care to ensure the psychological health of workers, in the same way that their physical health must be taken care of.
Approximately one in five Australian workers is likely to be experiencing a mental health condition such as depression or anxiety at any given time. This is estimated to cost Australian workplaces $10.9 billion per year in absenteeism, presenteeism and compensation claims.
A mentally healthy workplace protects and promotes the psychological health of everyone at work by preventing psychosocial hazards such as workplace bullying, discrimination and stressful working conditions.
Safe and healthy workers create a workplace which is productive, high performing, retains its staff and is perceived as an employer of choice.
Preventing psychological injury under work health and safety laws
This Safe Work Australia fact sheet provides information to PCBUs and workers on how to address psychological health risks to ensure the health, safety and welfare of everyone at work.
Information and advice
National initiative to raise awareness of anxiety and depression, providing resources for recovery, management and resilience. Offers a wide range of high quality tools and advice on mental health matters.
Black Dog Institute
Dedicated to improving the lives of people affected by poor mental health by identifying, preventing and treating mental illnesses such as depression and bipolar disorder.
Department of Health
Information about the Australian Government's mental health system.
National campaign to support and create mentally healthy workplaces. A joint initiative of beyondblue and the Mentally Healthy Workplace Alliance.
The Mental health in the workplace toolbox training package is a free resource to assist workplaces in ongoing engagement with workers about mental health. The package includes a 90 minute training session which is delivered to managers by a nominated professional or educator. After the session, managers are equipped to deliver toolbox talks and better support workers who may be experiencing or are at risk of mental health conditions. Materials such as brochures and posters are included for display in the workplace.
The National Youth Mental Health Foundation, providing early intervention mental health services to 12-25 year olds.
MATES in Construction
Helping reduce the high level of suicide within the Australian construction industry.
Mental health services in Australia
An Australian Government presentation of mental health reports that describe the activity and characteristics of Australia's mental health care services.
Mentally Healthy Workplace Alliance
National collaborative partnership between business, community and government encouraging Australian workplaces to become mentally healthy.
An easy way to find mental health and wellbeing information, support and services you can trust from Australia's leading health providers, together in one place. Supported by the Australian Government.
National charity helping Australians affected by mental illness and providing resources designed to help employers to respond to mental health issues in the workplace.
Suicide Prevention Australia
Lead agency for the National Suicide Prevention Coalition, delivering leadership for the meaningful reduction of suicide in Australia.
World Health Organization
Information, publications, statistics and more about mental health.
In case of crisis, please contact:
13 11 14 (24 hour crisis hotline)
Kids Help Line
1800 55 1800
1300 78 99 78
Suicide Call Back Service
Free 24/7 nationwide counselling 1300 659 467