Manager tools and resources
Australian adults spend about a third of life at work1 so the workplace is a great opportunity to improve mental health
Tools and resources
No matter what industry you're in, your people are your greatest asset. The success of your business depends on them. As a manager, there are simple steps you can take to support your workers' mental health so they can do their best work for you.
These tools and resources will help you get started.
Improving your knowledge of mental health at work can boost your confidence and skills to stay mentally fit, recognise early signs of mental ill-health, be supportive and connect to support when you or someone you know needs it.
- Learn what workplace factors can impact your mental health and steps you can take to prevent them.
- Educate yourself about mental health.
- Find out what mental health training and resources are available.
Read on for resources to help you stay well at work.
Learn how to support yourself and others to be your best every day at work and what support services and tools are available:
- Complete a confidential online mental health 'check up' on the Ahead for Business website.
- Check on your physical health with a confidential online brief health check from Get Healthy at Work.
- Learn about looking after your mental health from Heads Up and about the 5 ways to wellbeing from SuperFriend.
- Get tips on how to have a conversation with someone you are worried about from Heads Up or R U OK?
- Find support services in your area.
- Use resources and eHealth tools to stay mentally fit at work.
- If you are experiencing mental ill-health or illness, check out these resources to help you recover at work.
Contribute to creating a positive workplace culture where everyone feels valued, included, safe and that it is ok to ask for support. Learn how to create a positive and inclusive culture.
People at Work is a psychosocial risk assessment process. It is Australia’s only validated and evidence based psychosocial risk assessment survey tool with benchmarking that measures psychosocial hazards and factors. People at Work can help you comply with your health and safety duties, better manage work-related psychosocial hazards and factors and prevent psychological harm.
Organisations that undertake People at Work will have access to:
- the People at Work survey, a psychosocial risk assessment tool that is now available digitally to Australian organisations at no cost
- all materials required to administer and report on the People at Work survey, including access to automated and customised reports, interactive learning modules and resources to assist in implementing a psychosocial risk management approach and evaluating the effectiveness of chosen interventions.
After something more specific?
Below are more tools and resources to assist.
- Find out how to look after yourself with these tips from SuperFriend
- Are you caring for someone with a serious mental or physical illness? This can impact your mental health - find out what support resources and support are available for you from Carers NSW and Mental Health Carers NSW.
- Are you experiencing domestic violence? Find out what information and support services can help.
- Are you struggling with drug or alcohol addiction? Access these services and resources that can help.
- If you are challenged by problem gambling - get help with these services and resources.
Mental health services and resources to support multicultural and indigenous workers
- Check out the Mental health in Multicultural Australia resources.
- Access indigenous mental health resources from Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet and the Rural and Remote Mental Health websites.
- Are you a young worker? Use this toolkit to stay healthy and safe at work.
- Check out ReachOUT and Headspace for resources and tools tailored for young people.
- YCENTRAL is a free, one-stop shop, for young people 12 to 25 years which provides early intervention, offering access to a range of health service providers for the youth on the NSW Central Coast. It also has specific resources for indigenous youth.
- Youth beyondblue - Can provide information about anxiety, depression and suicide to young people in Australia aged 12–25 years.
- Lifeline is national charity providing all Australians experiencing a personal crisis with access to 24 hour crisis support and suicide prevention services. Lifeline Service Finder - is a directory of free or low cost health and community services available in Australia. Phone (crisis number): 13 11 14 Phone (enquiries): 6215 9400 .
Bullying and violence in the workplace includes verbal and physical behaviours that can lead to psychological and physical injuries. To be safe at work go to Safework.nsw.gov.au for information on bullying and violence.
- Are you in the construction sector and interested in mental health training or setting up a peer support program? Check out Mates in Construction.
- Is your workplace based in a rural, regional or remote area? Check out the Centre for Rural & Remote Mental Health and the Rural and Remote Mental Health websites for resources tailored just for you.
Find out about meeting your legal obligations.
- Read more about interventions that work and the return-on-investment of mentally healthy workplaces from the University of Sydney and UTS.
- Learn about the power of mentally healthy workplaces to attract and keep great workers. in this report from Instinct and Reason and beyondblue.
- Discover practical tips and more about the benefits of mentally healthy workplaces for different industries from SuperFriend.
- Read this report from TNS and beyondblue about the state of mental health in Australian workplaces.
- Learn about future trends that may impact mental health in the workplace from CSIRO.
Learn more about the strategy and how it can help your business and workers.
- PWC & Medibank Health Solutions, Workplace wellness in Australia - aligning with aims: optimising the benefits of workplace wellness, 2010