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 Inclusion@Work Index 2021-2022 to explore the link between inclusion and mental health.

News

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.

Perspectives

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.

Workplace mental health adds up

Blog

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
Q&A

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.

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

14 Jul 2021

SANE Australia and a guest panel will discuss managing complex mental ill-health conditions in the workplace.