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Mental health support in NSW workplaces

By Cobram Courier

Workers will be better supported in the workplace through a $55million NSW Government investment in mental health initiatives.

The Mentally Healthy Workplaces in NSW Strategy 2022 is a long-term plan to support mental health in workplaces across the state.

NSW Member for Murray Austin Evans said it was the single biggest investment in workplace mental health in Australia’s history.

The strategy was developed in consultation with people who have experienced mental ill-health, workers, academics, advocates, and industry representatives.

The strategy includes manager training and recovery at work programs, research projects to help inform ongoing strategies, online resources, and assessment and mentoring tools to support businesses.

‘‘At any given time, more than half a million NSW workers experience mental illness, which is a staggering statistic,’’ Mr Evans said.

The strategy includes:

●an awareness campaign and online resources which motivate and support businesses to create mentally healthy workplaces;

●programs, focused on prevention, training and recovery, which improve workplace mental health and provide a positive return on investment;

●expert government guidance and collaboration to encourage and enable businesses to manage mental health in the workplace; and

●extensive research to help develop workplace mental health initiatives.

Mr Evans said the investment demonstrated the government’s commitment to take mental health seriously and better support those experiencing mental ill-health.

‘‘Mental wellbeing is central to a person realising their potential. This record investment will have a resoundingly positive impact on individuals across Murray and the wider community,’’ he said.

●Businesses that want to get involved in the program will be able to partner with SafeWork NSW to access tools and resources to make their workplaces mentally healthy. For information, visit www.safework.nsw.gov.au or phone 131050.