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Mental Health at Work is More than Yoga and Fruit Bowls

The Productivity Commission will investigate the impact of mental health on the Australian economy and identify the ways workplaces can better support people living with mental health conditions. Mental health advocate, Lucy Brogden, says it is about time workplaces recognised mental well being is about 'more than fruit bowls and yoga classes".

By Anne RinaudoTuesday 11 Dec 2018Open House InterviewsHealth and WellbeingReading Time: 2 minutes

Listen: Lucy Brogden in conversation with Stephen O’Doherty.

The Productivity Commission’s focus on factors such as housing, education, employment and social justice in the development and treatment of mental illness has the potential to transform the way we approach mental health and suicide prevention in Australia.

Commenting on the release of the terms of reference for the forthcoming Productivity Commission inquiry into mental health, National Mental Health Commission Chair, Lucy Brogden, says addressing the social determinants of mental health was crucial.

“The Commission welcomes the terms of reference, in particular the focus on sectors beyond health and how they contribute to mental health,” she said.

“This is an outcome we have strongly advocated for.”

” Workplace mental health is about more than yoga and fruit bowls” she told Stephen O’Doherty on Open House.

“This inquiry is an important step to ensure investment in mental health is efficient and effective, and achieves the best possible outcomes to enable people to live a contributing life,” Lucy Brogden said.

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“We need to ensure that investment in mental health is appropriately balanced across the contributing sectors,” she said.

“Tackling the challenges of our federated system and taking a whole-of-government approach to mental health investment are key to our future success.

“There are already significant reforms underway across the mental health sector, and the Productivity Commission inquiry will assist by informing optimal investment to deliver the best possible outcomes for individuals, their families and the economy.”

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