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.
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
Overview of work-related stress: Tip sheet 1
Stress is a term that is widely used in everyday life and most people have some idea of its meaning. Work-related stress is recognised globally as a major challenge to workers’ health, and the health of a person conducting a business or undertaking (PCBU): tip sheet 1Standard Page, 27/06/16
A risk management approach to work-related stress: Tip sheet 2
Risk management is a four-step process for controlling exposure to health and safety risks associated with hazards in the workplace: tip sheet 2Standard Page, 30/05/16
Implementing a work-related stress risk management process: Tip sheet 3
This risk factor addresses the level of influence workers have on how they meet their task demands and the way they perform their work in general: tip sheet 3Standard Page, 24/05/16
Risk factors for work-related stress: Tip sheet 4
Risk factors for work-related stress are aspects of work that are associated with psychiatric, psychological and/or physical injury or illness:- tip sheet 4.Standard Page, 24/05/16
Work demands and work-related stress: Tip Sheet 5
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Work demands are one of the most common sources of work-related stress. While workers may need challenging tasks to maintain their interest and motivation, and to develop new skills, it is important that demands do not exceed their ability to cope: tip sheet 5.Standard Page, 25/05/16
Levels of control and work-related stress: Tip sheet 6
Low levels of job control, where there is high work demand and low support from co-workers or supervisors, may increase the likelihood of work-related stress.Standard Page, 25/05/16
Support from supervisors and/or co-workers regarding work-related stress: Tip sheet 7
Support from supervisors and/or co-workers regarding work-related stress - tip sheet 7Standard Page, 25/05/16
Role clarity, role conflict and work-related stress: Tip sheet 8
Poorly defined or conflicted roles in a person conducting a business or undertaking (PCBU) can be a stressor for workers - tip sheet 8Standard Page, 25/05/16
Managing relationships and work-related stress: Tip sheet 9
Work colleagues can be important sources of support, but they can also be sources of stress. Managing relationships and work-related stress - tip sheet 9Standard Page, 25/05/16
Recognition and reward minimising work-related stress: Tip sheet 10
Rewarding workers’ efforts and recognising their organisational contributions and achievements as individuals and teams, are essential to minimising the risk of work-related stress: tip sheet 10Standard Page, 25/05/16
Managing change and work-related stress: Tip sheet 11
Change is an inevitable aspect of organisational life and can be essential for future growth - Tip Sheet 11.Standard Page, 24/05/16
Organisational justice and work-related stress: Tip sheet 12
Organisational justice and work-related stressStandard Page, 24/05/16
The stress tip sheets provide information on managing the organisational risk factors known to contribute to the risk of psychological injury.
Booklet and DVD
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.