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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.

For workers

  • 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.

For managers/employers

  • 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.

Resource Description
beyondbluebeyondblue provides information and support to help everyone in Australia achieve their best possible mental health, whatever their age and wherever they live.
HeadspaceHeadspace is the national youth mental health foundation dedicated to improving the wellbeing of young Australians.
The Black Dog InstituteThe Black Dog Institute is a not-for-profit organisation which focuses on the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mood disorders.
LifelineLifeline is a national charity providing Australians experiencing a personal crisis with access to 24 hour crisis support and suicide prevention services.
SANE AustraliaSANE is a national charity helping Australian affected by mental illness.

Last updated: 05 Dec 2016