Mentally Healthy Workplace Alliance

With 1 in 5 Australians experiencing mental health issues in their lifetime, businesses need tools to manage these issues.

The Australian Chamber is part of a long-standing collaboration with beyondblue, is a founding member of the Mentally Healthy Workplace Alliance and is a supporter of Heads Up, which provides tools and information on a business perspective on mental health issues. 

Mentally healthy workplaces boost productivity, performance and staff retention. Managers, supervisors, friends, peers, colleagues – each of us can make a difference, so everyone has a role in building a mentally healthy workplace. Even very simple steps can make a difference.

The good news is that there are helpful resources.

Creating a mentally healthy workplace may be as simple as using the available resources on how to have a difficult conversation. It might be supporting people at work or supporting those returning to work. The Australian Chamber has worked with beyondblue to produce tools, flexible action plans and case studies, including the Business in Mind package.

The Australian Chamber is also a founding member of the Mentally Healthy Workplace Alliance, a national approach by business, community and government. The Alliance provides an opportunity to share good mental health practices in workplaces for the benefit of the community. It supports Australian businesses large and small to create workplaces that are mentally healthy.

The Alliance’s Heads Up campaign gives individuals and businesses free tools and resources to help them take action, these tools are available here.

As a part of the HeadsUp campaign, Chamber members provided their own tips for mentally healthy workplaces:

Carolyn Davis, Former Director, Work Health and Safety:

Victorian Chamber CEO,  Mark Stone AM:

Andrew Blyth, former CEO, ACT and Region Chamber of Commerce and Industry:

Greg Bicknell, CEO, Chamber of Commerce and Industry Northern Territory:

Nigel McBride, Chief Executive, Business South Australia:

Deidre Willmott, CEO, Chamber of Commerce and Industry Western Australia:

Stephen Cartwright, CEO, New South Wales Business Chamber: 

Mark Stone, Chief Executive at the Victorian Employers Chamber of Commerce and Industry:

Michael Bailey, CEO, Tasmanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry:

Nick Behrens, General Manager of Advocacy, Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland:

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