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Managing Mental Health a Safety Must

By Tasha Broomhall

Australasian Mine Safety Journal, Summer 2015

Research reveals Australian businesses lose $10.9 billion each year through failing to address mental health issues in the workplace.  It’s a staggering figure that accounts for absenteeism, presenteeism, and costly compensation claims linked to mental illness.

But it’s a figure that can easily be reduced.

In fact, studies prove not addressing mental health in the workplace doesn’t make business sense.  For each $1 invested in mental health in the workplace, there is a $2.30 return on investment.

And given that one in three workrs in the mining and resources sector will experience a mental illness this year, according to the Australasian Centre for Rural & Remote Mental Health, there’s little chance any company will escape its impact.

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