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The importance of creating mentally healthy workplaces

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HC Online | 01 Jul 2013, 12:00 AM Agree 0
Despite immense goodwill and genuine interest in the area, there is a need for more practical guidance and support around mental health in the workplace. Sam Mostyn outlines why it's so important.
  • De Backman-Hoyle | 03 Jul 2013, 09:00 AM Agree 0
    Sam the intent of the alliance is worthy, however a critical factor missing from the alliance is the voice and experience of those with the lived experience, the real stories of returning to work and the stigma and discrimination. Please ensure you dont miss this out of the equation, as someone who advocates for such individuals I feel compelled to remind you of the mantra of the lived experience, nothing about us without us.
  • Ingrid Ozols | 04 Jul 2013, 04:02 PM Agree 0
    Thank you De, the lived voice is central to all such work and the most powerful way for us all to learn what works and doesn't. That we can role model to employers that people with a mental illness can and do need to work and that work is critical for wellness and connectedness comes from rolemodelling.
    The alliance is a starting point but there is no silver bullet to any of this, there are many other providers in the mental health/business sectors who also do great evidence based work with businesses from helping employee's with a mental illness gain employment to nuturing workplaces to retain staff with a mental health issue. One fabulous organisation that deserves accolades is CleanForce Australia - here in Melb. A commercially successful business founded over 11 years ago, 80% of the workforce has a severe mental illness and the average time they stay in the organisation is about 2 - 5 years and then they are ready for the open market! These are the inspiring stories we need to share. Working together collaboratively is key to success in this critical public health issue that touches us all one way or another.
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