Mental health in Australian companies continues to be a backburner issue, and is not being adequately addressed by organisations, according to a leading mental health charity.
Heath said SANE has noted a growing awareness of mental health issues, but it’s coming from the bottom-up, and in order for change to really happen, it needs to be driven by the top.
A SANE survey of more than 500 workers recently found some 95% believe their employers are uneducated about the seriousness of mental illness and need additional training to manage ill workers. “A couple of very high-profile corporate executives have in the past week told me how they didn't think mental health was an issue and had a very dismissive view of mental illness,” Heath told Fairfax.
SANE has introduced a program called Mindful Employer, which teaches mid-level staff how to address the mental health of workers. For more information, click here.