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Mental health has become a key priority for employers


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In today’s rapidly evolving work environment, mental health has emerged as a critical priority for employers. Recognising the importance of employee well-being, Cabrini is prioritising the creation of mentally healthier cultures. The Lisa Thurin Women’s Health Centre at Cabrini Elsternwick is at the forefront of providing specialised care to women experiencing mental health conditions.

The COVID-19 pandemic has shone a spotlight on the importance of mental health in the workplace. The pressures of remote work, uncertainty, and economic instability have taken a toll on employee well-being.

According to the Chief of Mental Health and Cabrini Outreach, Sharon Sherwood, “In response to these challenges, employers are increasingly recognising the need to prioritise mental health and foster a supportive work environment.”

Cabrini, as a leading healthcare provider, is at the forefront of promoting mental well-being in the workplace. The Lisa Thurin Women’s Mental Health Centre at Cabrini Elsternwick specialises in delivering comprehensive and personalised care to women experiencing mental health conditions. Through specialised programs and evidence-based treatments, the team at the Women’s Mental Health Centre is dedicated to helping women overcome mental health issues and thrive in their professional lives.

The Lisa Thurin Mental Health Centre has gained valuable insights into the evolving landscape of workplace mental health. The team has witnessed significant changes and challenges, spanning before, during, and after the pandemic.

Sharon said, “One of the notable observations is that the needle on mental health has not moved significantly. Despite the numerous challenges posed by the pandemic, there has not been a significant shift in the overall perception of mental health in the workplace. However, there are promising developments. One positive outcome observed is the increased awareness of mental health issues among employers.”

Employers are increasingly recognising the impact mental health issues can have on employee productivity and overall organisational success.

“This awareness has led to a greater willingness to invest in mental health initiatives and prioritise employee well-being.”

“This shift in mindset is a positive step forward. It is crucial for employers to continue to prioritise mental health in the workplace. By creating mentally healthier cultures, organisations can foster a supportive work environment where employees are empowered to seek help when needed.”

“This includes offering counselling services, workshops, and training programs to enhance employees’ mental well-being. By promoting open communication, providing resources, and offering employee assistance programs, organisations can create an environment where individuals can thrive in the workplace and beyond,” said Sharon.

Here are some of the key steps recommended by Cabrini to support mentally healthier cultures:

  1. Promote Awareness: Educate employees about mental health, its symptoms, and the importance of seeking help when needed.
  2. Encourage Open Communication: Foster a culture of open communication, where employees feel comfortable discussing their mental health concerns without fear of judgment.
  3. Provide Resources: Offer access to mental health professionals, support groups, and resources, such as Employee Assistance Programs (EAPs).
  4. Create a Supportive Work Environment: Implement policies that promote work-life balance, flexibility, and employee well-being.
  5. Promote Employee Engagement: Encourage employees to participate actively in team-building activities, social events, and initiatives that promote mental health.
  6. Support Employee Well-being: Provide access to healthcare benefits, including mental health services, and encourage employees to prioritize self-care.
  7. Provide Training and Education: Offer training programs for managers, employees, and HR professionals to foster understanding and empathy towards mental health concerns

At Cabrini, we are committed to providing comprehensive mental health services to women, and we are dedicated to helping employers navigate the evolving landscape of workplace mental health. By working together, we can create a world where mental health is no longer stigmatised and where women can thrive both personally and professionally.

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