Create a Mentally Healthy Workplace 

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Mental illness is the leading cause of sickness, absence, and long-term work incapacity in Australia.  Every day, millions of Australians come to work while experiencing a mental health problem, leading to increased absenteeism, presenteeism and compensation claims.

This equates to a $12 billion loss to Australian businesses each year.

Not only does it make good economic sense, but it is also a legal requirement for every Australian business to provide a safe and healthy workplace.


Mental ill health costs Australian workplaces $4.7 billion in absenteeism


Mental ill health costs Australian workplaces $6.1 billion in presenteeism


Mental ill health costs Australian workplaces $146 million in compensation claims per year

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What is a Mentally
Healthy Workplace?

A mentally healthy workplace is one that understands that work can play a large role in an individual’s mental health and that mental health problems can have a huge impact on an individual. Mentally healthy workplaces promote education and adopt policies and practices that create a culture of care where employees are encouraged to talk openly about mental health.

Mentally Healthy Workplaces are Productive Workplaces 

Millions of Australians go to work each day experiencing a mental health problem, leading to increased absenteeism and compensation claims.  The good news is that for every $1 spent on mental health strategies there is a $2.30 or greater return on investment.

Mental Health First Aid training has been identified as one of the key strategies to lessen the impact of mental health problems on productivity and many workplaces use MHFA training as a foundation of the Mental Health Strategy.

“The MHFA program sits beautifully within any organisation that values employee wellbeing, innovation and resilience. Participants are given a toolbox of new skills they can use to help themselves, their colleagues, their family, their friends and the community at large.”

Pharmacist, Capital Chemist Group

Increases Productivity

Offering Mental Health First Aid training is a positive way to demonstrate that your organisation cares about employee well-being. Research shows that an environment of care is associated with profit, productivity and employee longevity.

Claims Reduction

Claims for mental health conditions are usually associated with above-average time off and higher than average costs.  Organisations that prioritise mentally healthy workplaces can expect to see a reduction in claims and days off through early recognition and intervention.

Improves Workplace Culture

Mental Health First Aid training provides employees with the information, practical skills and confidence needed to help recognise when a co-worker is showing signs of mental health problems and to offer appropriate support. This promotes a workplace culture of care.

“Incredibly valuable, relevant and worthwhile course to do. It has raised awareness and confidence in the staff to be able to have the right conversations at the right time.”

Western Australian Symphony Orchestra

“John Holland’s experience with MHFA has been really positive. It has been a great tool in promoting mental health in our workplace and encouraging our people to look out for one another, both in the workplace and out in the community.”

John Holland

What is Mental Health First Aid?

Mental health first aid is the initial help offered to someone who is experiencing mental health problems or a mental health crisis.  Having the confidence, knowledge, the right words, and the practical skills can make all the difference in how to initiate and engage in a supportive conversation with someone you are concerned about.

Developed in Australia, Mental Health First Aid training has now been adopted by 24 countries around the world.  Our evidence-based training course gives your employees the skills and confidence to recognise signs of a mental health problem and have supportive conversations with their co-workers, guiding them to professional help, if needed. Our practical skills-based training is aimed at reducing stigma and building awareness of mental health problems in the workplace.

Our courses can be delivered within workplaces in one of three ways:


Delivered over a 2-day course with an accredited Instructor


Self-paced eLearning followed by a 4-hour, face to face, Instructor-led session


Blended Online

Self-paced eLearning followed by 2 x 2.5-hour video conferencing sessions led by an accredited Instructor


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“When you have enough people in a team trained in Mental Health First Aid, you start to reduce the barriers to having conversations about mental health.”

University of Western Australia

“The Mental Health First Aid program is invaluable for HR professionals and provides knowledge and practical skills to support managers and employees”

Melissa Logan
Coca-Cola Amatil, HR Business Partner, Sydney


You’ll Be in Good Company 

Take a look at our current MHFA in Action Case Studies and learn more about the innovative ideas and way that workplaces are using Mental Health First Aid training to create a culture of care and support, where everyone is encouraged to talk more openly about mental health.

Below are just some of the workplaces who have demonstrated their commitment to building a mentally health workplace by implementing Mental Health First Aid into their training.

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