atWork Australia proudly supports Mental Health Month this October
This October, atWork Australia is supporting Mental Health Month. Mental Health Month gives an opportunity to raise awareness about mental health and wellbeing. This year’s theme is Tuning In’ and it is about being present.
What is Mental Health?
Mental health is the general state of a person’s mental wellbeing. Similar to physical health, we all have a current state of mental health, which can change over time, and in response to the world. Mental health includes emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how individuals think, feel, and act.
Why we are supporting Mental Health Month?
We know the importance of good mental health; how mental health can be improved through work and how a mentally healthy workplace is important. We also know firsthand the benefits good work can have on people with mental health conditions’ lives, and that unemployment is shown to influence poorer mental health outcomes.
Through our work, in October, and every day, we are helping people living with a mental health condition to improve their lives through work. Read more about atWork Australia’s Disability Employment Services here.
Work is proven to be good for health and wellbeing
We know that people living with a mental health condition can work, and we know the profound impact work has not only on their individual mental health, but the wellbeing of their family, friends, and the wider community.
Research has shown:
- Employment can decrease the risk of depression and improves general mental health
- Long term work absence, work disability and unemployment have a negative impact on health and wellbeing
- Good quality employment is good for improving mental health
- Re-entering the workforce can aid recovery and shorten the duration of treatment
- Work is a therapeutic intervention; it aids in the treatment of mental health conditions
- Employment prevents psychiatric morbidity as employed people were shown to have lower psychiatric morbidity scores
Read more about the health benefits of work here.
How does atWork Australia help people living with a mental health condition find good work?
atWork Australia knows that one size doesn’t fit all when it comes to finding a job, and this applies when you live with a mental health condition. That’s why we offer many different ways to support people with mental health conditions find good work.
A dedicated Job Coach
You’ll get your very own Job Coach providing support to gain a sustainable career. We get to know you, how we can best help you, and what job would suit you best. We’re there with you as you meet your training, life and employment goals
Support once you start working
Depending on our client’s needs, we’ll continue to support them for 52 weeks post-placement support, ongoing support, or on the job support. This is individually tailored to the specific needs and goals of our clients.
Access to in-house allied health professionals
Access to our in-house allied health expertise (including psychologists and physiotherapists), should you need extra support.
Access to employers who are ready to hire
We work with employers to promote the benefits of employing people living with disability, injury or health condition, building a solid business case and the confidence to do so.
We developed our own health and wellbeing program, which features an online assessment with interactive modules, and an individualised wellbeing coaching program. Positivum™ helps us to understand the beliefs and perceptions that may be a barrier to employment, and the health coaching program aims to address these.
Hear from Kent
Kent is a valued client of atWork Australia who is sharing his experience with our exclusive Positivum™ program.
“Having a mental health condition looking for a job can never be easy, to look for a dream job is even harder to come by. While the journey is long and winding, with the help from the Job Coaches, I have expanded my skillset and grown as a person.”
Hear more from Kent in his video.
We have been helping Australians find good work since 2003. Many of our clients come to atWork Australia looking for work whilst living with a mental health condition, just like Kent and Brian who are just two examples of clients with mental health conditions who have changed their lives by finding good work with the right employer.
Read more of our success stories here.
Living with a Mental Health Condition or know someone who is? Start the journey to finding sustainable work today.
- World Health Organisation: www.who.int/teams/mental-healthand-substance-use
- The Royal Australasian College of Physicians: https://www.racp.edu.au/advocacy/division-faculty-and-chapter-priorities/faculty-of-occupational-environmental-medicine/health-benefits-of-good-work
- The Australasian Faculty of Occupational & Environmental Medicine & The Royal Australasian College of Physicians: The health benefits of work. https://www.racp.edu.au/docs/default-source/advocacy-library/realising-the-health-benefits-of-work.pdf
- Mentalhealth.gov: https://www.mentalhealth.gov;
- Health Direct: https://www.healthdirect.gov.au/mental-illness
- Way ahead programs: https://mentalhealthmonth.wayahead.org.au/tune-in/