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Psychological resilience and mental health
Resilience in the workplace is about individuals, teams and organisations functioning well during normal operating conditions, as well as in times of stress or change. It is important because, for most people, being at work is good for their mental health and wellbeing.
Work is generally beneficial to our psychological wellbeing and mental health as it can provide:
- a sense of purpose
- an opportunity for people to use and develop their skills
- opportunities for social interaction.
There can, however, be some circumstances in which a person’s mental health can be impacted, and they may miss out on work due to mental ill health. We need to be able to welcome and support people with mental health conditions in our workplaces, creating an environment in which all people are confident they have support.
- Seek help if you feel you need it and encourage your colleagues to do the same.
- If you identify a risk to health and safety, ensure to report this to your supervisor.
- Consult workers on matters that relate to their health and safety.
- Conduct risk assessments for the psychosocial hazards relevant to your workplace.
- Promote access to employee assistance programs (EAPs)
- Support workers when things go wrong.
Below are some resources for workers and employers to promote and support psychological resilience and mental health and wellbeing.
|beyondblue||beyondblue provides information and support to help everyone in Australia achieve their best possible mental health, whatever their age and wherever they live.|
|Headspace||Headspace is the national youth mental health foundation dedicated to improving the wellbeing of young Australians.|
|The Black Dog Institute||The Black Dog Institute is a not-for-profit organisation which focuses on the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mood disorders.|
|Lifeline||Lifeline is a national charity providing Australians experiencing a personal crisis with access to 24 hour crisis support and suicide prevention services.|
|SANE Australia||SANE is a national charity helping Australian affected by mental illness.|