Close Search
 
MEDIA, JOBS & RESOURCES for the COMMON GOOD
News  | 

New Partnership to Tackle Mental Health in the Workplace


20 February 2013 at 10:56 am
Staff Reporter
Mental health Not for Profit, beyondblue has formed a partnership with the Australian Workers Union (AWU) to tackle depression and anxiety in the workplace.

Staff Reporter | 20 February 2013 at 10:56 am


1 Comments


 Print
New Partnership to Tackle Mental Health in the Workplace
20 February 2013 at 10:56 am

Mental health Not for Profit, beyondblue has formed a partnership with the Australian Workers Union (AWU) to tackle depression and anxiety in the workplace.

The partnership is being officially launched at the AWU national conference on the Gold Coast today.

AWU national secretary Paul Howes said that work-related mental illnesses imposed huge costs on both families and businesses.

“Mental illness is the second-most prevalent form of compensable illness in the workplace, and represents 4.8 per cent of all serious compensation claims,” Howes said.

“Too often people ignore the warning signs of mental illness and hope that it will just go away.

“There has been a long-standing culture of workers in blue-collar industries hiding difficulties and trying to just ‘tough it out’.

“It’s also been estimated that Australian workers without access to paid sick leave collectively lose around $85 million a year in income due to absence from depression.”

beyondblue says that posters and wallet cards that provide information on depression and anxiety and how to take action about mental health will be distributed to the union’s 140,000 members in workplaces around Australia.

Beyondblue Chief Executive Kate Carnell said she is proud to partner with one of Australia’s largest unions to create mental health-friendly conditions for workers across the country.

“Many blue collar workers have been under enormous stress recently as manufacturing and other industries undergo significant change,” Carnell said.

“If people are feeling down or stressed for a long time it can lead to depression or anxiety.

“When people take action and begin to feel better, they wonder why they didn’t act sooner.”

Paul Howes said the AWU would work with employers to raise awareness of mental health issues, so that people at risk could receive the help and assistance they need.

“The most important thing is to raise awareness of mental health issues, and to encourage more people to act when they see the warning signs,” Howes said.

“Once problems are identified, people need to understand how to respond appropriately – so those problems can be tackled effectively."

People who require more information or support are encouraged to visit beyondblue.org.au
 



PB Careers
Get your biweekly dose of news, opinion and analysis to keep you up to date with what’s happening and why it matters for you, sent every Tuesday and Thursday morning.

Got a story to share?

Got a news tip or article idea for Pro Bono News? Or perhaps you would like to write an article and join a growing community of sector leaders sharing their thoughts and analysis with Pro Bono News readers? Get in touch at news@probonoaustralia.com.au or download our contributor guidelines.

Get more stories like this

FREE SOCIAL
SECTOR NEWS

One comment

  • Anonymous Anonymous says:

    Its great that such a wonderful step has been taken to raise awareness of mental health issues for blue collar workers…but what about us white collar workers with mental health issues? What is being done to protect our rights and raising awareness for our employers?

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *



YOU MAY ALSO LIKE

Let’s talk about charity cyber security

Maggie Coggan

Wednesday, 30th September 2020 at 9:33 pm

Crowdfunding for the long term

Wendy Williams

Wednesday, 30th September 2020 at 6:50 pm

The Aotearoa COVID-19 experience

Contributor

Wednesday, 30th September 2020 at 6:38 pm

What are you grateful for?

Maggie Coggan

Wednesday, 30th September 2020 at 6:26 pm

pba inverse logo
Subscribe Twitter Facebook
×