Regularly staying away from work, eg sick leave.
Every person has unique circumstances, demographics and biopsychosocial factors that can influence their mental health. These include genetics, personality, early-life events, how they think and behave, mental health history, lifestyle and coping mechanisms1.
Repeated, unreasonable behaviour in the workplace directed towards a worker, or group of workers, that creates a risk to health and safety.
When the overall level of job demands, conflicting demands and other perceived pressures in a worker’s day to day work are excessive2.
See 'workplace factors' below.
When workers have very limited autonomy or ability to make decisions about when and how they carry out their work2.
A state of well-being where every individual realises his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and can contribute to his or her community3.
Includes mental illness OR symptoms such as changes in emotion or behaviour not of sufficient severity to be diagnosed as a mental illness, which may resolve in time or when a person’s situation changes or, if problems persist or increase in severity, may develop into a mental illness4.
A set of symptoms that can be diagnosed and significantly impact how a person thinks, feels, behaves and interacts with others, for example: mood disorders, such as depression; anxiety and bipolar disorder; psychotic disorders, such as schizophrenia; eating disorders and personality disorders4.
Mentally healthy workplace
A mentally healthy workplace is a workplace where:
- mental health is everyone’s responsibility
- systems, policies and procedures are integrated, address mental health specifically and are embedded across the organisation
- interventions are tailored to each work group
- continuous evaluation and improvement is visible.
A business that employs less than five workers.
People with lived experience
People who have had or are currently living with mental illness.
Working at reduced capacity due to ill-health.
Doing what is reasonably able to be done to ensure the health and safety of workers and others.
Refers to the ability to adapt and 'bounce back' from threats or adversity. It can be developed in anyone at any stage of their career6.
A business that employs five to 19 workers.
Aspects of the workplace environment that increase the likelihood of mental ill-health - also known as workplace risks or risk factors.
- Black Dog Institute, UNSW, Developing a mentally healthy workplace: a review of the literature, 2014
- Paraphrased from the University of Sydney, Summary of Key Issues for SafeWork NSW Emerging from the Review of Risks for Workplace Mental Ill-Health, 2017
- Everymind & icare, Can digital interventions help improve mental health and reduce mental ill-health in small businesses?, 2017
- Black Dog Institute website, Building resilience to workplace stress, 2018.