Authors: Tasha Broomhall, WA
Event: 2014 TheMHS Conference
Subject: book of proceedings 2014
Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers
Abstract: Almost half of all Australians will experience mental illness in their lifetime and this can have wide reaching costs for the workplace. Unfortunately, despite the high impact of mental illness in the workplace, many supervisors, managers and colleagues do not know how to recognise developing mental health problems or how to appropriately support an employee with mental illness.
The increased awareness of the impacts of mental illness in the workplace and an interest in the experience of employees with mental illness and organisational responses, led to the current survey. In working with organisations over 14 years, Blooming Minds Director, Tasha Broomhall has identified a number of areas that supervisors and managers anecdotally report as major areas for development for their organisation. These include organisational culture, policy and procedure, training and development for managers and appropriate supports being available to those experiencing mental illness in the workplace. This survey was designed to determine whether these anecdotal patterns have broader applications.