NSW business leaders commit support to mentally healthy workplaces

Business leaders in NSW will today pledge their support for mentally healthy workplaces.

Senior executives of some of NSW’s businesses will make the pledge at the NSW Government’s Mentally Healthy Workplaces Summit.

Minister for Better Regulation Matt Kean said an analysis of current workplace mental health initiatives found they provided string and positive outcomes for NSw businesses and workers.

“Businesses that invest in workplace mental health promotions can get a return of more than $ 4 for every $ 1 invested from reduced absenteeism and better productivity,” said Mr. Kean.

“But with nearly half of all businesses having no measures in place to specifically address mental health in the workplace; it’s clear that we can do more to support employees.

“Work health and safety leadership is driven from the top of an organisation and I commend the CEOs who will today pledge their commitment to improving mental health in their workplaces.”

Minister for Mental Health Tanya Davies welcomed the pledges from business leaders.

“Many employees and indeed their workers may not know how to effectively and appropriately prevent and manage mental health issues in their workplace,” she said.

“This summit has helped identify there is significant room for improvement in the workplace to better support people’s mental health. I welcome the commitment from business leaders’ today and look forward to the outcomes of such collaborative effort.”

The Mentally Healthy Workplaces Strategy is expected to be released in early 2018.

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