27 September 2023

Workplaces focus on mental health

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Canberra workers impacted by COVID-19 will now be able to access more mental health support through the Mentally Healthier Workplaces Initiative.

Announced by the Minister for Employment and Workplace Safety, Suzanne Orr the Initiative will introduce a suite of online resources to help workers dealing with isolation, anxiety and general poor mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic and into the future.

“We know that the past few months have not been easy for our community and workplaces have had to move quickly to adapt to our new way of life,” Ms Orr said.

“For many, this comes with an increased likelihood of work-related psychological harms, including mental fatigue and strain,” she said.

“While the physical health risk of COVID-19 in workplaces remains present, the risk to our mental health and wellbeing also needs to be taken seriously.”

Ms Orr said that in order to reduce those risks, the Government was encouraging all businesses and employers to join the Mentally Healthier Workplaces Initiative.

She said that as part of the Canberra Recovery Plan, a focus had been placed on community recovery and the package of online tools would provide a welcome boost to those struggling to return to ‘business as usual’.

Further information on the Mentally Healthier Workplace Initiative can be accessed at this PS News link.

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