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'Growing numbers' of employees experiencing mental health issues

30 January 2013 - 3:24pm
Written by: 
Suzanne Still

The workplace can be a stressful setting for many people, but companies can put corporate health plans in place to help deal with some of the problems that may be plaguing staff.

Health issues such as diabetes and arthritis may be adding to the home and work stress of employees, so a business health insurance plan may help to lighten the burden.

Implementing health cover may be an important move for your company, with The CEO Institute saying that increasing numbers of employees are experiencing mental health issues.

"Over the last few months, more and more of our members have highlighted the increase in mental health issues in their workplace and are seeking to find out what their responsibilities are and what can be done to address it," said The CEO Institute's spokesperson Joanne Neely.

According to the National Survey of Mental Health and Wellbeing, one in five adult Australians experience mental health problems.

Therese Fitzpatrick of the national depression initiative beyondblue said: "It’s often people in their peak working years who experience depression and anxiety disorders, and it’s an issue that is likely to affect every workplace across Australia at some time or other."

Seeking the appropriate help for your staff can help to ensure that your employees are looked after, and that you reduce the chance of productivity loss and job turnovers.