There are a number of things you can do to improve mental health and prevent suicide in your workplace.
Having a mentally healthy workplace is not only good for morale, it boosts productivity and reduces absenteeism.
Here are some tips for improving mental health and preventing suicide in your workplace:
- Encourage your workplace to commit to implementing suicide prevention activities, such as promoting RUOK Day and Mental Health Week
- Increase awareness of mental health conditions – for example, you could print off some flyers and promotional material and hang it in your lunchroom or on the staff noticeboard
- Reduce stigma by speaking openly about mental health conditions in the workplace and encouraging others to do the same
- Build the skills and confidence to approach someone who may be experiencing difficulties
- Sign up for mental health first aid training
- Encourage staff experiencing mental health problems to seek help
- Support staff with mental health conditions to stay at or return to work
- Monitor and manage workloads
- Increase input in to how people do their work
- Prevent bullying and discrimination
- Provide regular performance feedback
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