Mental Health at Work Guide


As well as presenting serious legal hazards, overlooking workplace mental health can create a considerable financial burden.

Absence and long-term work incapacity brought about by mental illness costs Australian businesses $10.9 billion annually.

However businesses that proactively deal with mental health in the workplace not only minimise their legal risks, but are more successful.

Mentally healthy workplaces are proven to be more productive.

Employers who invest in improving mental health in their workforce will see a quantifiable return of investment.

Research shows that for every dollar spent on targeted action to increase workplace mental health, there is an average of $2.30 in benefits to be gained.

Managing mental health in the workplace makes good business sense.

In The Mental Health at Work Guide 2018 we outline everything employers must do to identify and handle mental health risks in the workplace and create a workplace that is mentally healthy and legally compliant.

What mental illness is

Understand the different types and severity of mental illnesses, what may cause them and how they can be identified by employers.

The affects mental health can have on a business

Learn about the potential economic costs to businesses, the prevalence of mental illness in Australian workplaces and the consequences businesses can face when they fail to manage it.

Employers’ legal obligations regarding mental illness

Workers with mental health issues are protected by law and there is numerous legislation employers must adhere to. Find out exactly what your legal obligations are.

How to identify workplace mental health risks

We explain exactly what can cause mental health risks in the workplace and show you step by step how to assess them.

Ways to minimise workplace mental health risks

Know everything managers must do to reduce mental health risks in their workplace and determine if they have a positive workplace culture.

Handling mental illness risks and employees with mental health issues

No employer can afford to get this wrong.

Here we show you how to professionally:

  • approach mental illness
  • determine if you are prepared to effectively deal with mental illness
  • discuss mental health issues with employees
  • handle a mental health emergency

In this eBook you will find important:


Be certain that you have taken every step necessary to protect your workers and your business.


Understand what can happen in different situations and how to respond accordingly.

Case Law

Cases frequently make it to court. Find out what can be learned from the outcomes.

As an employer you have a strict legal obligation to provide a mentally healthy environment for all of your employees.

The Mental Health at Work Guide 2018 provides you with the information you need to minimise all legal and financial risks relating to workplace mental illness.

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