The Importance of Mental Health: Look Out for the Signs. Look Out for Each Other. Look After Yourself.

The Importance of Mental Health: Look Out for the Signs. Look Out for Each Other. Look After Yourself.

24 May 2024 10:31

At Aspire, we pride ourselves on supporting meaningful projects across a variety of subject matters and sectors, including nursing, trade apprenticeships, support work, and early childhood education and care. However, one of the most enlightening collaborations we've had has been with Dr. Alexandra West and 100Words - Mate to Mate, whose expertise has reminded us of the vital importance of looking after our mental health and each other.

Mental health is a critical issue that affects every aspect of our lives, including the workplace. Discussions around mental health can be difficult and confronting, yet they are essential for creating a supportive and thriving environment. In Australia, mental health statistics reveal the significant impact on our communities:

  • One in five Australians aged 16-85 experience a mental illness in any year.
  • Every day, at least six Australians die from suicide, and a further thirty people will attempt to take their own life.
  • Approximately 45% of Australians will experience a mental illness in their lifetime.

Given these statistics, it's clear that mental health is a pressing concern that requires our attention and action.

Look Out for the Signs

Recognising the signs of mental health issues is the first step in providing support. These signs can include changes in behaviour, mood swings, withdrawal from social interactions and noticeable changes in work performance. By being vigilant and attentive, we can identify when someone might be struggling and offer the support they need.

Look Out for Each Other

Creating a supportive workplace culture is crucial. This can start with something as simple as asking, "How are you out of 10?" This question opens the door to meaningful conversations about well-being and shows genuine care and concern. Encouraging open dialogue about mental health helps break down the stigma and creates an environment where individuals feel safe to share their struggles and seek help.

Look After Yourself

Self-care is just as important as looking out for others. Taking time to manage stress, engage in activities that bring joy, and seeking professional help when needed are all essential components of maintaining good mental health. Employers can play a significant role by promoting work-life balance, offering mental health resources, and fostering a culture of compassion and understanding.

At Aspire, we are committed to building workplaces where compassion and collaboration lead the way. By supporting each other and prioritising mental health, we can overcome obstacles and truly thrive.

Let's continue to build a workplace where mental health is a priority, and every individual feels valued and supported.

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