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Small Businesses Guides to Mentally Healthy Workplaces: Respond

This resource outlines how small business owners and workers can effectively respond to people experiencing mental ill-health or distress.

Contributed by National Mental Health Commission.

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About this resource

From this guide you will learn:

  • There are many signs and symptoms of mental ill-health and distress, and they can present differently in everyone. If you notice changes in anyone, the best response is to talk to them and offer your support. 

  • Having conversations about mental health can be difficult, but there are some steps you can follow to make it easier. Start by focusing on behaviours you have noticed, listen, do not be judgemental, offer support, or encourage the person to speak to a professional.  

  • Stigma is one of the biggest barriers to help seeking for those with mental illness. By reducing stigma in your business you create an environment where people feel safe and supported to seek help when needed.  

Contributed by

National Mental Health Commission

Providing evidence and advice, and acting as a catalyst for change to continuously improve Australia’s mental health and suicide prevention systems.

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