Mental health in the workplace is in the spotlight this month as National Mental Health Week (NMHW) approaches.
Running from Sunday 6 to Sunday 13 October, NMHW occurs each year in addition to World Mental Health Day, which is held on 10 October.
This year, the Mental Health Council of Australia (MHCA) released new research addressing the issue of mental health discrimination in the workplace.
The study, conducted as part of the World Mental Health Day campaign, showed three quarters of the workers surveyed would feel uncomfortable telling their employer they were suffering from a mental illness related to their work.
"It is concerning that 35 per cent of respondents completely ruled out the possibility of talking about mental health, even when it was appropriate to do so. That's a big problem, especially if it means people not seeking the help they need, when they need it," MHCA CEO Frank Quinlan said.
National Mental Health Week aims to raise awareness and break down stigmata around mental illnesses, as well as celebrate the employers already working to create mentally healthy workplaces.
If you wish to support your employees' mental health, consider business health insurance.
Implementing a corporate health plan can help ensure your employees have access to the support and treatment they need to stay well in the workplace.
HICA can offer an obligation-free quote and a health insurance comparison to help you choose the right policy for your business. For more information, contact one of HICA's corporate health insurance consultants today.