Summit focuses on workplace mental health

Workers’ wellbeing will be the focus of a summit which aims to develop a statewide strategy to improve mental health in the workplace.

The summit is part of SafeWork NSW’s Work Health and Safety Roadmap for NSW 2022, which is a six-year plan to reduce serious work-related injuries and illnesses, including mental illnesses, by 30 percent.

Minister for Better Regulation, Matt Kean said improving workplace mental health strategies will improve lives.

“That’s what this is really about – a better quality of life at work and at home,” he said.

“At any one time, one in six people of working age suffer from mental illness across Australia, which equates to 800,000 people in NSW, so this is a huge issue.”

Mr. Kean together with Minister for Mental Health Tanya Davies has released a discussion paper ahead of the summit, which examines issues around mental health in the workplace.

“Mental illness does not discriminate and can touch the lives of people anywhere, which is why prevention and early intervention strategies are key, and the workplace should not be an exception,” said Mrs. Davies.

“This Mentally Healthy Workplaces strategy further demonstrates the NSW Government’s commitment to improving mental health across the state.”

The country’s mental health experts will help develop the strategy and will join the summit with business leaders, union representatives, and government officials.

More information is available on SafeWork’s mental health page.

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