News Video | Policy | GPs | Hospitals | Medical | Mental Health | Welfare | Search

 


Creating healthy workplaces saves $$ per year

Creating healthy workplaces saves $$ per year

Louise Bradley, President and CEO of the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC), is in Auckland in March to discuss Canada’s efforts to create mentally healthy workplaces

Ms Bradley is one of 300 world leaders from eight countries who will be in New Zealand in March sharing best practice ideas for improving mental health and disability services internationally.

She says the costs of not addressing mental health issues in the workplace are significant. MHCC believes between 10 and 25 per cent of the current mental disability costs directly born by employers could be avoided. These costs are a result of lost productivity due to absenteeism, presenteeism and turnover.

In New Zealand, Pharmac released figures in 2012 which showed one in 10 New Zealanders were now prescribed antidepressants.

In an effort to reduce this cost to Canadian employers, Ms Bradley said, “The MHCC developed a National Standard on Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace - the first of its kind in the world. It’s time to start thinking about mental well-being in the same way as we consider physical well-being, and the Standard offers the framework needed to help make this happen in the workplace.”

The Canadian Standard provides information and guidance on identifying psychological hazards in the workplace, such as occupational violence; assessing and controlling risks that cannot be eliminated, for example the stessors caused by organisational change or reasonable job demands; having practices that support and promote psychological safety in the workplace; developing a culture that promotes psychological good health; and taking a sustainable approach by developing measures and systems to review the standards.

Robyn Shearer, chief executive of Te Pou, a New Zealand agency dedicated to mental health workforce development, said having an expert like Louise in New Zealand was a rare opportunity for the country’s businesses to learn from the Canadians – a country very similar to ours - and to put employee mental health on the agenda.

“We spend a lot of our waking hours at work and our workplace significantly contributes to our mental wellbeing – in fact it is proven that employment is a health intervention for people with a mental illness. Creating mentally healthy workplaces is not only good for employees but it also makes good financial sense for businesses and society.”

Louise Bradley will be discussing the Standards at the IIMHL network meeting on Thursday 7 March. Employers or businesses interested in attending this presentation can contact Tamsin Webb to register their interest.
ENDS
About IIMHL
The International Initiative for Mental Health Leadership (IIMHL) is a government to government funded initiative, which has seven member countries. New Zealand is one of the three founding member countries.
The aim of IIMHL is to coordinate learning exchanges between mental health and addiction leaders from member countries.
The leaders are meeting as part of the International Initiative for Mental Health Leadership (IIMHL) network meeting themed Innovation across the lifespan: What does it take to make an impact.

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

NZ On Air TV Funding: More Comedy Comes Out Of The Shadows

Paranormal Event Response Unit is a series conceived by Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi as a TV spin-off from their highly acclaimed feature film What We Do In The Shadows. More>>

ALSO:

Mars News: Winners Announced For The 2016 Apra Silver Scroll Awards

Wellington singer-songwriter and internationally acclaimed musician Thomas Oliver has won the 2016 APRA Silver Scroll Award with his captivating love song ‘If I Move To Mars’. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Review Of Books: Salt River Songs by Sam Hunt

Colin Hogg, a longtime comrade of Sam, writes in his Introduction that, ‘There is a lot of death in this collection of new poems by my friend Sam Hunt. It’s easier to count the poems here that don’t deal with the great destroyer than it is to point to the ones that do.’ More>>

Electronica: Restoring The World’s First Recorded Computer Music

University of Canterbury Distinguished Professor Jack Copeland and UC alumni and composer Jason Long have restored the earliest known recording of computer-generated music, created more than 65 years ago using programming techniques devised by Alan Turing. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Review Of Books: Almost Getting Away With Murder

The Black Widow by Lee-Anne Cartier: Lee-Anne Cartier is the sister of the Christchurch man found to have been murdered by his wife, Helen Milner, after an initial assumption by police that his death, in 2009, was suicide. More>>

Howard Davis: Triple Echo - The Malevich/Reinhardt/Hotere Nexus

Howard Davis: The current juxtaposition of works by Ralph Hotere and Ad Reinhardt at Te Papa perfectly exemplifies Jean Michel Massing's preoccupation with the transmigration of imagery in a remarkable triple echo effect... More>>

Get More From Scoop

 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Health
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news