With the incidence of mental health issues increasing across the workforce, it is beholden upon us to derive more flexible and effective workplace mental health management strategies.


Mental illness in Australia, according to the Black dog Institute, will impact around 20% of the 16-85 age bracket, in any 12 months. Within your chain of command, you may have personnel suffering from a form of mental health and at varying degrees, stressor dependent. Perhaps some require special considerations to maximise their workplace effectiveness. Diana O’Brien and Jen Fisher with their collective experience within corporate management and wellbeing present five simple strategies for managers to implement to reduce the stigma of mental health at work. These strategies are not about treating people clinically, they're about how to make the workplace more comfortable and accommodating. Accepting and working with mental health can be seen as another strategy to harness the diversity of the workplace to contribute to capability.