World Mental Health Day | Managing mental wellbeing in the workplace
October 10 is World Mental Health Day. 1 in 5 Australians are affected by mental illness, today aims to raise awareness and to remove the stigma of mental health issues, encouraging people to seek help and support.
Each year, the World Health Organisation recognises a theme: this year’s is suicide prevention. Shining a light on the scale of suicide worldwide, 2019’s World Mental Health Day is about encouraging communication and conversations with others and promoting how each of us can play a role to prevent it.
Here at Suncorp, we actively encourage our people to support each other, to show we care and be there in the moments that matter. We understand that a work-life balance is imperative to maintaining a healthy and happy self. At Suncorp we also foster a work environment where individuals feel supported and included.
Melanie Loy, Senior Communications Manager at Suncorp, says it’s her love of exercise that helps maintain her personal wellbeing outside of the office.
“Wellbeing to me, means having a good balance between the things that matter in your life. To be my best self, I like to exercise – it’s a good outlet [for me]. I have had depression and anxiety in the past, so it’s intrinsically linked to my mental wellbeing; it’ also a great way to let off steam. I think the resilience you get from exercise you can apply that everywhere else.”
If you or someone you know needs help and would like to talk to someone, call any of the numbers below:
Lifeline: 13 11 14
BeyondBlue: 1300 224 636
MensLine Australia: 1300 789 978
Suicide Call Back Service: 1300 659 467
Kids Helpline: 1800 551 800
Headspace: 1800 650 890 QLife: 1800 184 527