The cost of mental illness to Australia’s economy has hit $200 billion a year, according to Herald-Lateral Economics Index of Australia’s Wellbeing. One in four adults experience mental illness every year and one in seventeen Australians live with a serious mental illness.

While many employers believe that employers shouldn’t bring their problems to work, most mental health issues cannot simply be switched off between 9-5.

Safe Work Australia compiles national statistics on work health and safety using information and data from multiple sources and have discovered that 6% of all workers compensation claims are attributed to mental disorders suggesting that employers need to recognise the importance of building a mentally healthy workplace.

Some organisations are starting to take a proactive approach to building mentally healthy workplaces. Sodexo Australia recently spoke with The Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry about their approach of building organisational resilience in handling mental health and wellbeing.

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