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In: Workplace Mental Health

Kellie Lewis, Psychologist & Co-Founder

Hi again, welcome to our short video bytes on hot topics of mental health and wellbeing in the workplace.

When we are discussing the most effective approaches to supporting mental health in the workplace, we are often asked about EAP – or Employee Assistance Programs.

EAP programs provide an invaluable confidential support service to employees when they are experiencing a difficult time in their work or personal life. However, we believe that EAP is not enough to effectively manage the business and legal risk associated with mental health issues in the workplace. Unfortunately though, whilst this exposes business leaders to adverse claims, EAP is where many organisations stop.

What we encourage is for workplaces go beyond EAP. We advocate a comprehensive and holistic approach. Business leaders, people managers, and employees need the knowledge, tools, and skills to effectively manage mental health issues through proactive and preventative approaches. This is critical for businesses to successfully mitigate the health and safety and legal risk to organisations – and to keep employees productive and engaged before mental health challenges escalate.

To learn more about this topic or how our mental health eLearning courses can compliment your EAP services, visit our website at thementalhealthproject.com.au and read our article “The imperative of providing workplace mental health support services” .

If you or someone you know needs help contact your organisation´s Employee Assistance Program (EAP), your GP or call:

LifeLine on 13 11 14

Kids Helpline on 1800 551 800

MensLine Australia on 1300 789 978

Suicide Call Back Service on 1300 659 467

Disclaimer: The information in this video is for general information only. It is not intended to be and should not be relied on as a substitute for specific medical or health advice. While every effort is taken to ensure the information is accurate, The Mental Health Project makes no representations and gives no warranties that this information is correct, current, complete, reliable or suitable for any purpose. We disclaim all responsibility and liability for any direct or indirect loss, damage, cost or expense whatsoever in the use of or reliance upon this information.

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