Looking after the mental health of employees is an important part of being a responsible employer. Staff morale, collaborative relationships, employee participation and a productive working environment, are all largely contingent on a happy and healthy workforce. The statistics below outline just how impactful poor mental health is on our community and the workplace.
Providing staff with evidence-based tools and strategies is a positive step towards bringing this silent topic out into the open and setting the tone of a proactive and supportive environment.
The facts and figures
- More than a quarter of Australians report experiencing anxiety symptoms, with 13% reporting severe to extremely severe levels of anxiety
- Two in five Australians experience some depression symptoms, 13% report these symptoms are severe or extremely severe
- A survey of over 5000 employees indicated that 25% of them took time off each year for stress-related reasons
- Untreated depression adds up to over six million lost working days each year in Australia
- Preliminary research shows that Australian businesses lose over $6.5bn annually by failing to provide early interventions and treatments for staff with mental health issues
- Another report found that Australian businesses will receive an average return of $2.30 for every $1 they invest in effective workplace mental health strategies
Anxiety: learn, think, do
Jean Hailes has a dedicated website that was specifically developed to help women understand more about worry, anxiety and anxiety disorders. It has distinct sections for different age groups and a range of health conditions (including chronic disease) so it is suitable for women at any life stage in your workplace.
There is information on symptoms, causes and ways to manage anxiety to actively improve life, as well as toolkits, podcasts and videos. There are many ways the Jean Hailes anxiety website can be incorporated into a workplace wellness program such as a workplace launch, intranet integration or a speaking event. Go to Anxiety: learn, think, do
Jean Hailes also specializes in evidence-based information and useful resources for other areas of mental and emotional health such as depression, stress reduction, mindfulness, goal-setting and motivation. Our Jean Hailes mental health experts have in depth knowledge on how this area of health relates specifically to women with key strategies and the latest research findings to optimize their mental and emotional wellbeing.
Share these free resources with your employees
- Anxiety: learn, think, do (web portal)
- Mental & emotional health fact sheet (PDF)
- Mindfulness (video)
- Mindfulness exercise (podcast)
- Stress – what causes it & and how to manage (webpage)
- Pre-recorded health education presentations
- Mental & emotional health web content
- Order resources in bulk
Jean Hailes provides health education on a range of important health topics and in a variety of ways. We can tailor health information to meet your organisation's needs such as written articles or provide resource packs. Learn more and contact us.
Clinical services in Melbourne
The Jean Hailes Medical Centres are centres of excellence in women's healthcare. We offer appointments with a range of women's health professionals such as women's health general practitioners (GPs), gynaecologists, endocrinologists (hormone specialist), psychologists, naturopath, physiotherapist or dietitian. We have centres in East Melbourne and Clayton VIC with a range of health professionals available. Learn more.
The Australian Psychological Society Stress and Wellbeing in Australia survey, 2014
Work Outcomes Research Cost Benefit Project, preliminary data, Mental Health Fact Sheet: Mental Health and Employment, MHCA