There are definite costs of mental illness in the workplace but the return on investment in a mentally healthy workplace can be a big boost to the bottom line.
New data shows Australians are spending more on mental health services and with costs to business in the millions, it's time employers realised good mental health is good for the bottom line too.
A new approach should include social supports, such as living skills and assistance obtaining housing and employment.
On closing the asylums, Australia failed to invest in an alternative model of community mental health care. So there are few alternatives between the GP surgery and the hospital emergency department.
Unlike other chronic diseases, targeted spending on mental health care keeps people in the prime of their lives in the workforce.
There's a growing disconnect between grassroots awareness of mental illness and decisive action towards providing the full spectrum of care for those in need.
Physician attitudes towards mental illness can reflect the general public’s prejudice.
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