Crippling anxiety, severe depression and work-related breakdowns have become devastatingly common in Australia. Many workplaces are now taking active steps to prevent the epidemic damaging their business and employees, and the results have been extraordinary.
Strategies include looking at job design, building resilience, improving the culture and increasing awareness of mental health. Firms also need to support workers who have mental health issues — while remembering that prevention is better than cure.
Stress management and resilience training use evidence-based approaches such as cognitive behaviour therapy; provide and encourage regular physical activity opportunities like lunchtime yoga, jogging or meditation; encourage mentoring and coaching.