Mental Health for Management

Posted on August 12, 2019


Positive mental health is paramount for everyone, and senior management play a highly influential role in setting expectations within the organisation. 

A National Survey of Mental Health and Wellbeing found that 15% of the Australian working population had reported a history of major depressive disorder; a sentiment most commonly echoed amongst senior management*. Many struggled to open up about the pressures of being a senior leader. 

Research has shown that front-line managers play a significant role in promoting mental health and wellbeing at work^. When considering factors such as how quickly an employee will return to work, Worksafe** indicated that it was not the injury or illness itself that was most critical, but the actions of management and the relationship the manager had with that employee that had the greatest impact. 

The bottom line...leaders set the tone for a mentally healthy workplace. While general messaging may be filtered down through emails, intranet and team meetings, cultivating positive mental health starts at the top. When managers and leaders embody these values, it brings emphasis to the message, and encourages employees to emulate them. 

Safeguarding the mental health of leaders can be a feat in itself, but it doesn't have to be. 



Health at Work offer workshops for managers, leaders and their teams 

Creating a Mentally Healthy Workplace

A comprehensive workshop designed to improve workplace mental health through increased awareness; early recognition and practical strategies to respond to mental health problems.

Presenter: Organisational Psychologist 

Duration Options: 4 Hours 

Outcomes: 

  • Increased awareness of mental health programs 
  • Knowledge of risk factors for mental illness 
  • Early recognition of Depression and Anxiety 
  • Skills to initiate a conversation around mental health 
  • Knowledge of treatment and recovery from mental illness 
  • Confidence to offer support for crisis situations 
  • Knowledge of resources to support employees struggling with mental health problems. 

We also offer a more detailed full day program for leaders. Call us at 1300 245 203 or email us at sales@healthatwork.net.au if you would like to inquire more about workshop options.  


References 

*LaMontagne A.D et al, 2014, ' Workplace mental health: developing an integrated intervention approach', BMC Psychiatry, vol.14(131). 

^Glozier N, 2017, ' Review of Evidence of Pshychosocial Risks for Mental Ill-Health in the Workplace', NSW government.

**Worksafe, n.d, 'Employer's legal obligations during return to work', WorksafeVic.