Mental Health Week 5-11 Oct, Day 1 – Understanding Mental Health in the Workplace

Understanding Mental Health in the Workplace

By increasing your knowledge and awareness in mental health, you will be better prepared to look after your own wellbeing, and develop the confidence and skills to support others who may be experiencing mental health issues at your organisation.

 Mental Health Facts

  • Mental illness is common in Australia and New Zealand, with one in five people experiencing a mental illness at some stage in their lives, and many experiencing more than one mental illness at a time.
  • Mental Illness is treatable. Most people will recover fully from a mental illness, especially if they receive help early. Whilst some people experience significant disability as a result of ongoing mental illness, many others live full and productive lives.
  • Many people experiencing a mental illness are in stable and successful employment. Mental illness says nothing about a person’s capabilities or future. While some people may require support when unwell, many will not require any additional support.
  • Mental illness and violence are not synonymous. Only a small number of people who have a mental illness are violent and this tends to coincide with having an untreated psychotic episode.

Understanding Mental Health and Mental Illness?

Mental health, mental illness or mental health problems are often used interchangeably.

  •  Mental Health is a state of wellbeing when an individual realises his or her own abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully and is able to make a contribution to his or her community (The World Health Report, 2001).
  • A Mental Illness is a health problem that significantly affects how a person feels, thinks, behaves, and interacts with other people. It needs to be diagnosed by a medical professional, for example, a Doctor, Psychiatrist or Psychologist, in accordance with standardised diagnostic criteria and can be successfully managed with treatment. Most people will recover from a mental illness, especially if they receive help early.
  • A Mental Health Problem also interferes with how a person thinks, feels, and behaves, but to a lesser extent than a mental illness. Mental health problems are less severe than mental illnesses, but may develop into a mental illness if they are not dealt with effectively.

Mental Health – Mental Illness Continuum

You can view Mental Health on a continuum from positive wellbeing to ill health. Depending on circumstances in your life at any given time, your state of mental health may be located at any point along the continuum (attached).

You can view Mental health on a continuum from positive wellbeing to ill health. Depending on circumstances in your life at any given time, your state of mental health may be located at any point along the continuum, (see illustration above. For a larger image of the illustration, please click on the attached brochure above).

It is important to remember that speaking openly about mental health your organisation will reduce stigma and encourage help-seeking behaviour.

How do I get more information?

For more information on how AP Psychology & Consulting Services can partner with you to establish leading edge human wellbeing solutions for your business please contact us on 1300 335 336 or email info@psychology-consulting.com.

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