MHFA Press Releases

Press Release - Victorian Mental Health Week Launch - 05/10/2017 :: 10/10/2017

 

PRESS RELEASE

(From Jim Goodin, Chairman, Mental Health Foundation Australia, Suite J/450 Chapel Street, South Yarra, 3141 – jim.goodin@mhfa.org.au – Office 0398261422, Mobile 0409904022)

 

VICTORIAN MENTAL HEALTH WEEK LAUNCH

 ‘Mental Health in the Workplace’

Monday 9th October 2017 Programme

The Deakin Edge; Federation Square Melbourne

Time - 5.00pm arrival for 5.30pm – 7.30PM

Information Expo open to the public from 2.30pm

2017 marks the 33rd anniversary of Victorian Mental Health Week. The World Federation of Mental Health has chosen ‘Mental Health in the Workplace’ for the 2017 focus. Mental Health Week will be launched at Deakin Edge Federation Square on Monday the 9th of October. All are welcome and can register at www.mhfa.org.au. The launch will include presentations to winners of the state-wide art and writing competitions and performances by the Melbourne Mass Gospel Choir.

 

The workplace is the place most of us spend most of our time. It is where we should be looking for ways to assist people working with a mental health illness, people dealing with personal issues that put them at risk of mental illness and minimizing risk of the workplace itself contributing to the development of one.

 

Ingrid Ozols, Senior Fellow Dept. Psychiatry, Melbourne University a workplace mental health and suicide prevention educator manages life with bipolar disorder says “Work has been the linchpin for her wellness”. Through her personal and professional experiences, she adds “ignorance and hiding behind fear is no longer acceptable. Awareness has grown, it is time for action, to learn skills and have appropriate conversations to ensure workplaces are safe, supportive and conducive to good health”

Ozols stresses that employment is critical to wellness. “Mental Illness does not mean mental incompetence. Working is a basic human right that no one should be robbed of because of a diagnostic label”

It is now law in Australia that employers and managers must demonstrate duty of care to all workers, creating workplaces that are safe and conducive to wellness, both physical and psychological health.

The Foundation has been a pioneer in the establishment and promotion of support groups which have benefitted thousands of Victorians and there is a growing need for them, addressing a wide range of issues. The development of peer support groups into the workforce can be an effective way of distributing information, sharing experiences and gaining mutual support.

 

Mental Health Week is an opportunity to highlight the issues of mental health in the workforce and begin the conversation with employees, employers the mental health sector and governments on how to promote mental health for all.

All Mental Health Week activities can be found www.mhfa.org.au

Anyone interested in attending the current support groups can find the details on our website www.mhfa.org.au  

Anyone in need of assistance ring our Mental Health Helpline 1300 643 287 (1300 MHF AUS)