Mental Health

In any one year, around one million Australian adults have depression, and more than 2 million have anxiety.

Untreated mental health conditions cost Australian employers $10.9 billion every year through absenteeism, reduced productivity and compensation claims.1 Organisations can reduce these costs by being proactive in creating mentally healthy and safe workplaces and supporting employees in periods of mental health unwellness.  

In this section, you will find information about the current state of play for mental health in the workplace, the business case for creating mentally healthy workplaces, some leading practices for mental health at work, and case studies of mentally healthy workplaces in action. 


When leaders talk about their own mental health

The Art of Inclusion - Talking Heads
News articles

The latest episode of DCA's The Art of Inclusion podcast, ‘Talking Heads’, looks at the role leaders play in creating mentally healthy workplaces and the importance of admitting vulnerability.

Stop seeing mental health in the workplace through a lens of deficit and risk - DCA Oration with The Hon Julia Gillard

The Hon Julia Gillard at lecturn giving Anna McPhee Memorial Oration
News articles

The Hon Julia Gillard AC, delivering the DCA Anna McPhee Memorial Oration tells Australian businesses to see diversity and inclusion (D&I) through a different lens, with mental health as a key focus.

The Hon Julia Gillard: Workplaces need to embrace mental health in D&I

Media releases

Delivering DCA's Oration, The Hon Julia Gillard AC, Chair of beyondblue and former Prime Minister, said Australian businesses need to see diversity and inclusion (D&I) through a different lens, with mental health as a key focus.


If you ask 'Are You OK?' Be prepared for the answer


If employers ask Are You Ok, they must be equipped to deal with the answer.

Workplace mental health adds up


Guest Blog by Kathy Bond, Workplace Engagement Manager at Mental Health First Aid outlines the importance of mental health as an OHS issue

Mental health first aid | Featuring Joel Clapham

Joel Clapham

DCA CEO Lisa Annese, spoke with Joel Clapham, the Founder and Chief Mental Health Champ of Hearten Up, a program dedicated to mental health first aid and suicide prevention training.

Coming events

24 Nov 2021

Statistics show that women experience some mental health conditions at higher rates than men, such as anxiety, depression, eating disorders, PTSD and self-harm. In contrast, men are more likely to suicide. At our next Mental Health Network, we take a look at the evidence and how workplaces can adopt gender lens in their approaches to mental health.

09 Jun 2022

DCA works in partnership with members to generate ground breaking diversity research that enables Australian organisations to fully leverage the benefits of a diverse talent pool. Only DCA members can access the research reports in full. Summary information only is available to the general public. DCA research is ahead of the curve, drives business improvement, is practice focused, speaks to the Australian context and considers all diversity dimensions.

13 Oct 2022

At this event, we will discover how to improve managers' understanding of common mental ill health issues in the workplace and build their skills to support staff experiencing a mental health condition.

Webcasts from past events

13 Oct 2020

At this DCA webinar we investigate what mental health first aid is and how intervening and providing initial support for staff experiencing difficulties is critical, both for the individuals themselves and for the wider organisation.

Hosted by Cisco Systems Australia Pty Ltd
11 May 2020

As COVID-19 continues to impact people’s health, wellbeing and livelihoods across the globe, staying mentally healthy is a huge challenge, especially given the changes to our everyday lives and onslaught of negative daily news.