Creating a Healthy Workplace

 In Mental Health, MHFA, MHFA for the Workplace, Uncategorized

Results from the 2017 Healthiest Workplace Australia survey reveal a concerning need for mental health interventions in the workplace.

Initiated by the AIA Group, the Healthiest Workplace survey aims to investigate workplace health trends and promote strategies for improving well-being in the workplace.

The survey gave a deeper insight into employee’s needs

Healthiest Workplace Australia 2017

The results of the annual survey reported that over 50% of employees experienced at least one dimension of work-related stress, including financial concerns. Alarmingly, it was younger employees who were more likely to struggle with mental health issues.

AIA Australia wrote on Investment Magazine that over half of employees were at risk of mental health concerns, and that almost 7% of employers did not offer mental health interventions. Drinking and diet were noticeable concerns from the survey, with over 16% of Australians drinking more than 14 units of alcohol per week.

Other outcomes from the survey

On a brighter note, the survey discovered that two-thirds of Australian workers participate in more than 150 minutes of physical activity each week. Additionally, three-quarters of Australians regularly achieved more than 7 hours of sleep each night.

Australian workplaces were also found to be typical in the number of well-being activities available to workers, compared to other countries participating in the survey. However, there was little awareness about the availability of these interventions or the benefits to participating. AIA suggested that improving awareness about these intervention programs could help to improve well-being in the workplace.

Help create a healthier workplace

By signing up your team or organisation to MHFA for the Workplace, you and your colleagues will receive valuable skills, resources and knowledge. Understanding the signs and symptoms of a mental health concern is one of the many areas that is covered in this blended online and in-person training. You can find out more about MHFA for the Workplace with our blog in 2017. If you are interested in this training, you can register your organisation below on our website.

Steph Downing
Stephanie Downing is the administrative assistant for Hero Town Geelong. Born and raised in Geelong, Australia, Stephanie is a graduate of Deakin University with her Honours degree in Professional and Creative Writing. She adores words of all sorts and is especially infatuated with the medium of poetry and fiction, with publications of her work being featured in magazines such as WORDLY Magazine, Plumwood Mountain Journal and Cordite Poetry Review.
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