Mental health and wellbeing is a major OH&S issue.
We know that nearly half of all Australians will experience mental illness in their lifetime, and Worksafe is in the process of amending OH&S regulations to specify that a psychological injury is just as significant as a physical injury.
In local government, we know that the psychological hazards are serious and getting worse, including:
- Workloads and work-related stress
- Bullying and harassment
- Sexual harassment; and
- Fatigue and mental burnout.
ASU members are concerned about their mental health and wellbeing, and that of their colleagues, and are eager to campaign for better mental health protection and support at work.
The ASU is currently running a survey to gather data on the experience of local government workers in Victoria. Our survey results will be completely anonymous, and we ask all staff to take 15 minutes to complete our survey:
We ask that all Health and Safety Representatives share our survey within your Designated Working Groups, and encourage all colleagues to complete our survey.
More survey responses will provide a better and clearer result, which will provide us with a strong foundation to launch our campaign.
If you are – or anybody you know is – struggling with mental health, please reach out and seek help. A great place to start is by calling Lifeline on 13 11 14 or access your employer-provided Employee Assistance Program.
For more information please contact:
ASU Organiser Clay O’Brien | 0476 330 885 | firstname.lastname@example.org