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Lack of mental health support rife in Australia

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HC Online | 01 Sep 2011, 12:00 AM Agree 0
A study conducted by SANE Australia has shown that most Australians who suffer from mental illness do not receive enough support at work.
  • Bernie Althofer | 02 Sep 2011, 10:52 AM Agree 0
    Having conversations about mental illness is much easier when workplaces have a culture that understands the significance of being proactive. In this day and age, many organisations have extensive support networks both internal and external where individuals can go for help. However, for some individuals working in support roles on a voluntary basis e.g. Peer Support Officers etc, might not be seen as 'beneficial' if managers and supervisors do not understand exactly what it is that is being provided. It is also difficult to have conversations about mental illness in some organisations when the culture is such that seeking help is seen as a 'weakness' and even as a career limiting move. It is also interesting that in some cases, admitting that one has an existing or pre-existing mental illness will be used against them in some cases e.g. workplace bullying or harassment. It is one thing to have policies and procedures and support networks in place, it is another to get workplace understanding of the impact of mental illness. Given the changes that are occurring in relation to the harmonisation of work health and safety, it is probably beneficial for organisations to look and both physical and psychological safety and well being of employees (at all levels). It might be the case that because people can't see mental illness, they also don't know what they can or can't say.
  • john | 05 Sep 2011, 04:41 PM Agree 0
    Id say more of a lack of, "bad mental health" support,which so many don't want any part of, they're called the non compliant,so never mind lack of, i just wish that was us, 975 people under the care of Victoria's mental health system have died unnatural, unexpected or violent deaths between 2006 and 2010. That equates to
    .08 people dying everyday,nearly one a day, and you want them to be more ready, for what? Your death or your insanity, take your pick.They've got both. Your call, or is it.

  • Sonia | 13 Sep 2011, 03:47 PM Agree 0
    I think there should be an A List of employers who can be endorsed as employers of choice for individuals with a mental illness and similary a B list for outing those who dont respect and respond to employees with a disability. The A list would be those organizations that meet all flexible work guidelines as established by the government working with disability guidelines.
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