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Everyone has mental health, in the same way as everyone has physical health. But not everyone has mental illness.

Work plays a big role in our overall wellbeing. As a workplace you can help your workm8tes maintain a high level of wellness and thrive at work and in life by focussing on preventing workplace stress.

Mental Health vs. Mental Illness

Mental Health

Mental Illness

A state of wellbeing in which every individual realises their own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to their community.

Our mental health and wellbeing changes across the day and is something that we should be looking after every day.

Something that disrupts your mental state of being and interrupts how you feel, think, communicate and behave.

Mental illness can vary in intensity and duration. It can be a single episode or a lifelong condition.

The most common mental health conditions/illnesses are anxiety and depression.

Want to know more about mental illness, what it looks like, treatment and support? Take a look at the Beyond Blue website.

A helpful way of looking at health and wellbeing... to consider is as a continuum.

An arrow depicting low health or state of thriving up to a good health and high thriving with false wellness in the middle

Our physical and mental health is constantly shifting up and down across the continuum, across our lives and even across the day.

While we can survive for a short while at a 5, this false level of wellness is not sustainable over time.

The goal for all of us is to maximise our time spent at or moving towards a 10, or at 'high wellness & thriving'.

So how do you measure up?
A woman standing at the bottom of a ladder that says, suffering, struggling and thriving

Find out where you are on the wellbeing continuum.

The thriving in life assessment ladder is used to self-assess life quality and wellbeing.

You can use it to check-in with yourself or when checking in with your workm8tes.

Work helps m8tes to thrive in life

Work is important for our wellbeing and in creating a thriving life. It provides opportunities for personal growth, skill development, social contact, and a sense of purpose. It can also increase the risk of both physical and mental harm.

Workplaces that tackle the causes of work-related stress are helping their workm8tes to achieve and maintain a high level of wellness and a thriving life.

Do you supervise m8tes?

Create better outcomes for your work and workm8tes.

Take a look at our guides for getting to know yourself, your team8tes, and how you can get the best out of your team8tes and create a no stress, safe and productive workplace.

The best way to tackle stress is to prevent it

Understanding the work-related factors that impact your workm8tes is the first step to tackling the causes of workplace stress.

Learn about the key hazards workers face, how they show up, and what to do about them.

Design better jobs.

Good job design removes, reduces, and minimises the work-related factors that cause workplace stress, and amplifies the parts of a job that are positive and fulfilling.

Find out what makes a good job, and take our online job assessment to see how your jobs measure up, and get a tailored action plan to create better, stress free jobs.



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