Call for Good Practice extended
02 August 2013
The National Mental Health Commission is pleased to announce that the Mentally Healthy Workplace Alliance’s ‘Call for Good Practice’ has been extended until Saturday 31 August 2013.
The ‘Call for Good Practice’ is about finding out from businesses, employees, workplace consultants and providers of workplace mental health services, the range of mental health practices currently implemented in all types of Australian workplaces. It's about learning about what is working and what isn’t, and will assist the Alliance in developing practical resources for businesses for release later in the year.
• If you know of any businesses currently implementing mental health and wellbeing practices, we invite you to encourage them to visit www.workplacementalhealth.com.au and share their insights and experiences
• You can also download the supporters kit here and help get the word out about the ‘Call for Good Practice’. This is a word document containing a suggested email, summary for your organisations’ website, and social media and e-newsletter content.
About the Mentally Healthy Workplace Alliance
As you may know the Commission recently announced the Mentally Healthy Workplace Alliance (the Alliance), a new collaboration project between business, the mental health sector and government. Founding members include the National Mental Health Commission, the Business Council of Australia, the Council of Small Business Organisations of Australia, Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Comcare, Safe Work Australia, SANE, Mental Health Council of Australia, Australian Psychological Society, beyondblue, Black Dog Institute and the University of New South Wales.
The Alliance represents a commitment to working together in providing practical guidance to workplaces, to create workplaces that are mentally healthy and promote sustainable change in business practices. Having deliberately kept the numbers small at the outset to get things moving, the Alliance will soon be broadening its reach and membership to the wider community, especially those living with mental illness and their support people.
Mentally healthy workplaces prevent harm to the mental health of people, make sure people who experience mental health difficulties are supported, and have positive cultures that are conducive to mental wellbeing. Businesses that invest in supportive workplaces for people with a mental illness are also more productive, innovative and likely to recruit and retain the best and brightest people. That is why the work of the Alliance and broad participation from Australian businesses in the ‘Call for Good Practice’ is so important.
"Even the most disadvantaged Australians should be able to lead a 'contributing life,' whatever that means for them and this simple goal will be our touchstone and yardstick."
Chair Prof Allan Fels AO
National Mental Health Commission