Every year, on average 1 in 5 people (20%) will experience a mental health issue.
Mental health problems are the third biggest health problem in Australia, after heart disease and cancer.
While this may feel distressing, you are not alone and there is support out there for you.
If your work is causing you a mental health injury, this could impact how you think, feel and behave inside and outside of work. It is really important that you seek support early, regardless of whether you have an accepted workers' compensation claim. Costs can be covered later by workers' compensation if your claim is accepted.
We suggest you start by reaching out to a trusted support and visiting your GP.
- Social support
A strong social support system can be very helpful when you are experiencing a mental health injury.
A trusted friend, colleague or family member can help you cope with stress and provide you with advice. We strongly suggest you reach out to someone you trust and let them know how you are feeling.
There's also a number of services available for you to reach out to such as Beyond Blue, Phoenix Australia, Lifeline, Directline.
- Visiting your General Practitioner (GP)
- Find a Psychologist
If you understand your mental health treatment and you are involved in making decisions about your treatment, you are more likely to feel better and have a better outcome.
Helpful services available
Close to 1 in 2 people with a mental health issue seek help from a health professional and access informal support. Getting help early is important for your recovery and wellbeing. Here's a list of helpful available resources:
- Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
Many workplaces offer employee assistance programs, which provide you access to a free and confidential phone-based counselling service. Contact your Return to Work Coordinator or relevant HR representative for more information.
- See a Psychologist
- Other services & resources