It takes a toll on the workplace with 1 in 4 workers taking time off for mental health related issues in the past year. Mental health issues strongly impact both a person’s quality of life and their performance at work.
Mental health challenges can adversely impact a person’s mood, thinking, behaviour and physical health. This in turn can impact daily function and ability to perform work and everyday tasks.
Mental health issues are increasingly prevalent throughout organisations; 1 in 5 Australians are
diagnosed with a mental health condition every year (such as depression, anxiety and substance use).
It’s clear that the personal impacts of mental health issues can lead to problems at work. It’s difficult for someone to perform their best while struggling to cope with a mental health issue. Being constantly fatigued, depressed, anxious, isolated, and lacking confidence can lower the quality of work and may lead to interpersonal and team issues in the workplace.
Although the impact of workers experiencing mental health challenges is significant, the good news is that workplaces can take steps to reduce and even prevent this impact. Research has shown that a mentally healthy workplace provides many benefits to a person’s mental health including increasing sense of accomplishment, increasing self-confidence, providing a sense of meaning, and an opportunity for social engagement.
The Work, Health and Safety Act 2020 (WA) (WHS) stipulates that workplaces must take all reasonable steps to eliminate (where possible) or mitigate (if elimination is not possible) any psychosocial (mental health) hazards in the workplace. To do this, workplaces need to be well-informed around the impacts of mental health (both personal and work-based), ways of improving mental health in the workplace, and methods of reducing the risk of psychological injury in the workplace.
For more information on how LGIS can assist, please contact [email protected] or your regional risk coordinator.
It was April 2022 when the LGIS injury prevention team visited Craigie Leisure Centre (CLC) to review the Kindy Gym program.