Mentally healthy workplaces

What is a mentally healthy workplace?

A mentally healthy workplace is one where workers and management collaborate to protect and promote the health, safety and wellbeing of all.

Maintaining a mentally healthy workplace involves continually addressing health, safety and wellbeing concerns in and due to, the work environment. This includes the:

  • organisation and design of work
  • workplace culture
  • physical environment
  • facilities provided.

Through creating mentally healthy workplaces, organisations can make a valuable contribution to improving the mental health of their workers. We spend a lot of time at work, and it has a significant impact on our lives. Using this part of life to make a positive impact on mental health is a good idea.

Why is creating a mentally healthy workplace important?

Preventing harm to mental health and wellbeing is important because:

It’s the law – workplaces and management have an obligation to prevent harm to the health and safety of workers

It’s the right thing to do – leaders and managers have a social and corporate responsibility

It’s the smart thing to do – making mental health a priority in the workplace makes good business sense and helps contribute to a higher performing Western Australian economy.

What can I do?

The mental wellbeing of people at work is good for everyone and enhances personal and organisational success. Everyone has a role to play, both in looking after their own mental health and creating a mentally healthy workplace.

Find out what you can do to promote and protect mental health in your workplace.