Mental health

Violence, fatigue, bullying, stress, work pressure, a poor work environment or a traumatic event can cause health issues such as psychological injury.

Mental (psychological) health, just like physical health, is an important part of work health and safety (WHS).

Resources for business

It is important to manage  risks associated with exposure to hazards arising from any work that could result in physical or psychological harm. These resources are designed to assist you in managing mental health in your workplace.

Code of practice

Psychological hazards should be managed in the same way as physical hazards and the how to manage work health and safety risks code of practice provides guidance on risk management.

Fact sheet

The preventing psychological injury fact sheet tells you how to identify, assess and control psychological health risks in the workplace.

Assessment tool and other online resources

HeadsUp is a website that gives individuals and businesses free tools and resources to take action to create mentally healthy workplaces.

The People at Work Project is a highly regarded online assessment tool to measure different workplace characteristics that can influence worker health and well-being. It was developed in partnership with leading universities and state and federal bodies.

The Managing Mental Health Risks at Work – Training for Managers and Employees is an online training module developed by beyondblue. Employees and managers can assess common workplace scenarios that can impact mental health, and explore different options on the best approaches and likely outcomes.

Work-related stress tip sheets

The stress tip sheets provide information on managing the organisational risk factors known to contribute to the risk of psychological injury.

Booklet and DVD

Small and medium business owners and managers can use the Business in Mind DVD which has case studies of business people and tips from experts. It is also available as an online resource.


The Human Rights Commission has also  published a practical guide for managers to support workers with mental illness and promote a safe and healthy work environment.

And the guidelines for workplace prevention of mental health problems lists actions you take.

Resources for individuals

Here is a list of links and fact sheets designed to help people with a mental illness, as well as their friends and family.

We do not provide crisis support and the information provided is guidance only.

If you are in an emergency call 000 immediately.

For help from health professionals or mental health crisis support, call:

  • Mental Health Line on 1800 011 511
  • Lifeline 13 11 14
  • Headspace 1800 650 890
  • Salvo Care Line 1300 363 622
  • Mensline 1300 789 978
  • Suicide Call Back Service 1300 659 467

Resources for rural communities

The Alive and well website has further information for farmers and other workers in rural communities.