How managers and supervisors can help reduce mental health-related stigma
Supportive and responsive managers and supervisors understand the needs of their workers and help to break down the stigma and discrimination surrounding mental health issues.
Managers are generally responsible for supervising and supporting worker health and safety.
The way you interact with your workers can affect their mental health. Given their role and influence, managers and supervisors are generally expected to also model safe work practices to workers and other managers.
Even in times of change and uncertainty, your role as a manager/supervisor is to manage, lead and support workers to understand and meet Work Health and Safety (WHS) policies and procedures.
Most people with mild to moderate mental illness are able to stay at work but may require some adjustments. When you understand and support your workers’ needs early, you help improve recovery time and reduce the stigma and discrimination surrounding mental health issues.
As a manager, you play a vital role in supporting your workers' mental health and wellbeing.
Enhance your capability as a manager and keep up to date through these simple and practical resources, fact sheets and conversation guides on how to reduce mental health-related stigma and improve psychological wellbeing in the workplace.
Your workers have a role to play too
Your workers also have a responsibility to take reasonable care of their own health and safety, and those of their co-workers and others in the workplace.
Support your workers to understand their role which includes complying with any reasonable instructions, policies and procedures you give them, including those aimed at reducing mental health-related stigma at work.