Heads Up is a joint initiative from beyondblue and the Mentally Healthy Workplace Alliance (MHWA). It aims to encourage Australian businesses to invest in mentally healthy workplaces and has the full support and endorsement of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland.
More than three million Australians experience depression or anxiety. These conditions tend to affect people mostly during their prime working years (16 to 64 years) so it is important for workplaces to be well equipped to effectively deal with these issues.
Research has shown that while Australian business leaders admit mental health is important in the workplace, it does not rank highly on their priority list, with many other issues taking precedence.
Heads Up puts mental health high on the business agenda and encourages business leaders to foster a mentally healthy workplace. They can do this by signing up through the Heads Up website. Business representatives who register will be encouraged to complete a quick and easy action plan that will arm them with the resources and knowledge to take the first step in creating a mentally healthy environment for their employees.
The Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland and beyondblue believe every Australian business leader has a responsibility to contribute to the creation of mentally healthy workplaces by:
- Raising awareness of mental health.
- Ending workplace stigma and discrimination against people experiencing mental health problems.
- Endorsing and following supportive policies and procedures.
- Being aware of the tools and resources available to support businesses.
Mental health affects around one in five Queensland workers and costs Queensland workplaces $2.2 billion each year - Get Involved