Mental health risks cost $6.5bn per year

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Despite growing awareness that mental illness is widespread throughout the entire community, Australia’s top companies are failing to recognise and manage mental health risk in the workplace.

This is the message from Chartered Secretaries Australia (CSA), which has claimed that research shows Australian businesses lose over $6.5bn each year by failing to provide early intervention and treatment for employees with mental health conditions. 

In other words, mental illness in the workplace is a reality.

This year, as a part of National Mental Health week, CSA has partnered with the National Mental Health Commission (NMHC) and legal firm Minter Ellison Lawyers to host an event to raise awareness within corporate Australia of the prevalence of mental health issues in the workplace.

Healthy mind, healthy bottom line is a two-course seated lunch that allows attendees to hear from the most prominent experts in the field of good mental health in the workplace.

Top of the agenda will be what you can do to address the issue of depression, anxiety and related disorders in your organisation.

Chaired by Professor Allan Fels AO, chair of the National Mental Health Commission and patron of SANE Australia, the panel will include:

  • Rachel Clements, Director of Psychological Services, Centre for Corporate Health and ambassador for RUOK?
  • Therese Fitzpatrick, Workplace & Workforce Program Leader, beyondblue
  • Jack Heath, Chief Executive Officer, SANE Australia
  • Katy McDonald, Director People & Development, Minter Ellison Lawyers
  • Tim Sheehy, Chief Executive, Chartered Secretaries Australia

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