October 10th is World Mental Health day, an annual event to raise awareness of mental health issues worldwide. Mental illness is common, Around 45% of Australians aged between 16 and 85 will experience a mental illness at some point in their life, while one in five Australian adults will experience a mental illness in any given year and it is becoming a serious concern in Australian workplaces. Mental illness can effect anyone at any time and many are not get the support they need, through fear of social stigmas and not wanting to disclose this information within their work place. By acknowledging this day and getting people talking, everyone should be able to look at mental health in a more positive light, showing it is ok to ask for help.
The workplace has been identified as a relevant and an appropriate setting to promote and support the health and mental health of workers. With three offices and around 100 staff across three states, at NPM we feel that it is highly important to discuss mental health not only on October 10th, but every day inside and outside of working hours. This makes our staff aware of how they should not be afraid to reach out when needed. It is also for our staff to do their best at helping fellow co-workers, if they see a member of staff struggling they need to be there for one another to make the office extra accommodating.