It is time to talk about something that might be tricky. It is Mental Health Week this week – and time to shine the light on this topic. So today we are going to talk about the Mental Health Check In.
Let’s first start with the stats.
- The cost of mental health in the workplace in Australia is estimated at $11 billion per year in absenteeism, presenteeism and compensation claims. $11 billion dollars!!!!!
- The World Health Organisation lists mental health as being the highest cause of disability in Australia, and the third highest reason for premature death in Australia (*after Cancer and Heart Disease).
- 80% of people receiving professional treatment for depression are better off than those who don’t receive treatment, yet only 39% of people ever receive support.
If we heard those statistics on any other subject, there would be an outrage!!
We should be doing something about it! This is an outrage!!
What can you do?
The good news is that there is now lots of help available – whether it is for yourself or your family or friends.
Mental Health Check In
Vital Conversations in conjunction with Medibio Technology has created a mental health check in. Check it our here: http://www.mentalhealthcheckin.com. You can either register as part of a company or register yourself. I am delighted to be an Ambassador for this initiative.
- When you register, a specialised sleep and heart rate device will be mailed to you and you will be provided access to a check-in survey link. A small fee of $44.00 inc gst covers the device and a professional to review your individual report.
- The report is completely self-contained and generates a list of suggested tasks, strategies and actions to improve your mental health. It is confidential, proactive, encourages self-management and gives you a completely personalised, private plan.
- Undertaking the test is confidential. It involves wearing a specialised sleep and heart rate device whilst sleeping one night and completing a 15 minute online check-in survey. So now we can understand ourselves a bit better.
- Australia’s Biggest Mental Health Check-in will run for 4 weeks. Check-ins start on World Mental Health Day on 10 October 2016, with reports being released to all participants with their results and personalised plan on 10 November 2016.
How does mental health link with leadership?
We know that leadership is in part about managing our own health so that you can better lead others.
Be proactive in managing your own mental health.
It’s time, today, to check-in.
Be part of Australia’s biggest mental health check-in and encourage your team to do so too.
Until next time, happy leading.