Does your workplace have a Mental Health First Aid officer? As a leader or HR professional, are you actively advocating for the benefits of a holistic approach to ensuring the wellbeing of your team?
Rachael Nelson (pictured left), Director at Forsite Recruitment and Forsite Partners, has completed the accredited Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) course and is on a mission to educate others about the importance of being aware of mental health inside and outside of the workplace to help staff who are struggling with mental illness.
And while Rachael insists there is a moral imperative for employers to do what they can to help their employees enjoy good mental health, she adds the business case is also very compelling with employee wellness and mental health programs often producing strong returns on this investment. According to HeadsUp, untreated mental health conditions among staff are costing Australian workplaces around US$7.3 billion (A$10.9) billion annually - US$3.37 billion of that is absenteeism; US$4.38 billion