Why Mental Health First Aid Training?
It makes good business sense!
Surveys indicate that over 90% of employees agree that their mental health and personal problems spill over into their professional lives, and have a direct impact on their job performance. Mental Health conditions are the second leading cuase of absenteeism.
Improving the knowledge and understand of your staff may:
- Reduce absenteeism
- Boost productivity
- Improve work quality
It contributes to staff wellness!
The mind/body connection is undeniable. Mental Health Education is good for workers and contribute to a healthy workplace. e.g. According to the Rand Corporation, depression results in more "bed days" than any other medical ailments, including ulcers, diabetes, high blood pressure and arthritis.
It can reduce costs!
Mental Health Education can contribute to a reduction in costs associated with staff illness, disability payments, managing employee conflicts, etc by promoting greater understanding and increased knowledge.
Mental Health Law
- Depression alone is estimated, in economic terms to:
- Reduce workplace performance by 40%
- Contribute to the loss of 6 million working days annually
- The estimated annual revenue lost to an employer (in sick days and poor productivity) by a worker with untreated depression is $9,660 (J. Croucher, Professor of Statistics, Macquarie University).
- 7% of OH&S claims are related to psychological injury; however these claims represent 27% of the total cost of all claims with an average time off of 96.1 days, compared with 28.9 days for other claims.