World Mental Health Day is on Thursday 10 October 2019. This presents a great opportunity for all of us to do something positive to make a difference to people who we are connected with. You can start by making a public commitment – make your promise at https://1010.org.au/make-a-promise/ and share it around. Here is mine. Why would you want to do this? Because the statistics tell us that:

  • Globally, one person dies by suicide every 40 seconds
  • Suicide is the second leading cause of death among 15 – 29 year olds
  • One in five Australians has suffered from mental health issues in the past year
  • We all know people who have lost family or friends to suicide

And we can all make a difference – here are some ideas from the World Health organisation who just asks that we each spend 40 seconds on World Mental Health Day to make a difference. WHO – flyer-40seconds-web If you are an employer, did you know that WorkSafe in conjunction with the Department of Health and Human Services, has created a toolkit to help businesses make mentally healthy workplaces. It is called Workwell and you can access it at: https://www.workwell.vic.gov.au/toolkit. Perhaps you would like to explore other ways in which you can create a practical, caring and supportive environment in your business where people feel psychologically safe and engaged. It is a proven fact that, if you help your  people to flourish, your business will too. Give me a call on 0438 533 311 if you would like to learn more about what you can do as an employer – we’ll be happy to help. Peter Maguire Practice Leader [/av_textblock]