In Australia, the whole month of October has been declared Mental Health Awareness Month, to highlight this issue for all Aussies. One in five Australians experience a mental health illness each year.
Mental health conditions impact people from all cultural backgrounds and of all ages. Odds are that someone in your family or workplace is currently receiving support to improve their mental health.
Work and working conditions are part of the key social determinants of mental health. The environment in which you work can have a bit impact on your feelings of wellbeing and overall mental health. Having positive relationships at work, good working conditions and a safe environment all contribute to feeling healthy.
When employees work in a negative working environment, there may be higher levels of mental health problems, higher levels of alcohol and substance abuse and more absenteeism.