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. 

DCA Research

Mapping the State of Inclusion and Mental Health in the Australian Workforce

Mapping the State of Inclusion and Mental Health in the Australian Workforce

The research draws on the findings of DCA’s [email protected] Index 2021-2022 to explore the link between inclusion and mental health.

News

New research finds 4 in 10 Australian workers silent about mental health at work

Media releases

Four out of every ten Australian workers who reported poor mental health in the past year didn’t talk about it at work, new research from Diversity Council Australia has found. 

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.

Perspectives

Why small-business owners should invest in mental health at work

Opinion pieces

Running a small business can be as rewarding as it is challenging, but there is something else we must consider when business is going well or needs some problem solving, and that’s how well business owners are taking care of mental health.

Walk the talk: The blueprint Australian business leaders need to tackle our mental health crisis

Opinion pieces

A new study by Diversity Council Australia shows mental health in Australian workplaces is a tale of two halves: senior executives are finding ways to cope with mental health challenges, while their fellow employees in entry level and non-managerial positions are finding it harder.

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

Blog

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

Coming events

13 Oct 2022

Our recent Mapping the State of Inclusion and Mental Health report highlighted that a proactive organisational approach is required to help make work a force for good mental health. This means not only supporting employees with mental ill health but also nurturing the wellbeing of all employees.

Webcasts from past events

15 Sep 2022

DCA recently launched new findings on the role of workplace inclusion in ensuring that work has a positive impact on workers’ mental health and workplace mental health safety.

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. And trans and gender diverse people can experience very high levels of psychological distress and are significantly more likely to attempt suicide.