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Mentally Healthy Workplace Alliance

Mentally Healthy Workplace Alliance Meeting Communique - June 2018

The Mentally Healthy Workplace Alliance (the Alliance) is a national approach by business, community and government to encourage Australian workplaces to become mentally healthy for the benefit of the whole community and businesses, big and small.

Established by the Commission on 1 July 2013, the Alliance aims to make sure all people in the workplace, including those who experience mental health difficulties, their families and those who support them, are supported.

This includes minimising harm, promoting protective factors and having positive cultures that are conducive to mental wellbeing. It also recognises that a mentally healthy workplace is not just good for people, it is also very good for business.

In addition to the Commission, Alliance members include: the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI), Australian Industry Group, The Australian Psychological Society Ltd, beyondblue, the Black Dog Institute, Business Council of Australia, Comcare, COSBOA, Mental Health Australia, Safe Work Australia, SANE, SuperFriend and The University of New South Wales.

All members share a commitment to supporting Australian workplaces to take active steps to create workplaces that are mentally healthy.

Heads up

The Alliance has partnered with beyondblue on the roll out of a national campaign – Heads Up – to support and create mentally healthy workplaces for all businesses across all sectors.

Heads Up has produced resources for businesses, large and small, for managers, the boardroom and employees.

You can find more information and resources, tools and support to create a more mentally healthy workplace here.

Developing a Mentally Healthy Workplace: A review of the literature

A central piece of work conducted for the Alliance is an Australian-first review of the research around workplace mental health.

Developing a Mentally Healthy Workplace: A review of the literature, was produced by the University of New South Wales and the Black Dog Institute.

The report brings leading mental health and business experts together for the first time to look at the evidence of what works in creating and maintaining a mentally healthy workplace. Where possible, it also provides practical advice for businesses. In addition to providing a detailed analysis of the research, the report identifies six key success factors for a creating a mentally healthy workplace and suggests a five-step process for embedding them.

Download a summary of the report (PDF 3.5 MB) HERE to help start a conversation in your organisation.

The full report can also be downloaded here: Developing a Mentally Healthy Workplace: A review of the literature (WORD 1.7 MB).

Video stories (case studies)

Another core piece of the Alliance's work, which features as part of Heads Up , is nine video stories (case studies) showcasing the mental health and welbeing initiatives of a range of organisations.

You can view these videos on YouTube via the links below:

Clean Force

Clean Force's mission is to provide both high-quality commercial cleaning services, and enriching jobs for people with mental health conditions, who are often excluded from the workforce. Creating a mentally healthy workplace is an inherent part of this aim.

Fire and Rescue NSW

While firefighting is a rewarding experience, Fire and Rescue NSW recognised that the role can be extremely demanding and traumatic.

Out Doors Inc.

Out Doors Inc.'s approach to mental health is evident in its workplace philosophy of fostering mental health wellness and a culture of openness.

Craze Lateral (Small Business)

As a very small company, resources for internal mental health initiatives are limited.  Craze Lateral's primary focus for improving employees' mental health is through its local Bushcare Group.

Entity Solutions

Entity Solutions runs a range of initiatives to support a mentally healthy workplace -- formal and informal, financial and non-financial, and recurring and one-off. These are linked to the company's corporate social responsibility mission statement.

Caterpillar Underground Mining

Caterpillar's safety record at its Burnie facility has been consistently strong, with a low number of lost-time injuries.

King & Wood Mallesons

Together with four major law firms in Australia and The College of Law, King & Wood Mallesons developed resilience@law.

Access EAP

To address mental health and wellbeing in the workplace, Access EAP launched monthly workshops focusing on topics around mental health and resilience.

ISS Facility Services

One of Australia's largest facility services providers, ISS provides a range of functions including facility management, cleaning, security services, and management of open spaces.

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