Information for employers

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The facts at work:
– Postnatal depression is a real and significant mental health condition affecting 1 in 7 new mothers and 1 in 10 new fathers.
– Recovery is greatly boosted by early intervention and partner support
– A quicker recovery is great for the family and also allows a faster return to normal at work.
– Employees tend to repay in kind – where an employer shows flexibility and support, an employee shows loyalty and productivity over the longer run. Employee retention means that you have less staff turnover and fewer costs in hiring and re-training.

Helpful links:

The Mentally Healthy Workplace Alliance
A national approach by business, community and government to encourage Australian workplaces to become mentally healthy for the benefit of the whole community and businesses, big and small.
http://www.mentalhealthcommission.gov.au/our-work/mentally-healthy-workplace-alliance.aspx

The Mindful Employer
An initiative by SANE Australia is an eLearning and face-to-face workplace mental health training program for all and any sized business Australia wide.
http://www.mindfulemployer.net/

Resources for Mental Health in the Workplace
Beyond Blue and Heads Up believe that everyone involved in an Australian workplace has a responsibility to contribute to the creation and sustainability of mentally healthy workplaces. Information provided aims to provide the evidence, principles and actions required to improve and maintain the mental health of workplaces of all sizes.
https://www.headsup.org.au/

The Industry Super Funds Forum Mental Health Foundation
SuperFriend works with Industry Superannuation funds to provide individuals, employers and workplaces with information about improving and maintaining your mental health.
http://www.superfriend.com.au/