EAP Articles

When is it time to reach out?

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REACH OUT when you notice significant changes in behaviour, mood or appearance that last MORE THAN TWO WEEKS. 

Consider whether the changes you have noticed are due to a MENTAL HEALTH issue, remembering that mental health SYMPTOMS WILL DIFFER between individuals.

INTERVENE AS EARLY AS POSSIBLE.

Opening up a mental health conversation with a colleague you are worried about can be vital in encouraging help-seeking and early intervention. Given that suicide is the leading cause of death for Australians aged 15-44, these conversations can, in some cases, be life-saving […]

Building an Emotionally Strong Workforce

Resilience is the ability to cope with stress, and “bounce back” from difficult times.

In a workplace context, resilience can be translated to mean the ability to maintain positivity, balance and wellbeing under the pressure of deadlines, setbacks, difficult relationships and organisational change.

Employers should look for qualities of resilience when hiring, and encourage resilience building amongst their staff.

How does resilience work? Positive Psychology and Resilience

It’s simple really. Positive Psychology teaches us that a person with an abundance of positive emotion can use this positivity in times […]

Suicide Prevention in the Workplace

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Every year over 65,000 Australians attempt suicide, and suicide is the leading cause of death for 15 – 44 year olds (Black Dog Institute, 2018).

Managers can play a crucial role in supporting the emotional needs of their staff, assisting employees to access professional help, and thereby helping to averting the risk of suicide. Here are some tips to help you know how to provide the right kind of support.

Recognise the Warning Signs

Employees at risk of suicide may demonstrate a number of warning signs. By familiarising yourself with these behaviours you will be better […]

Workplace Stress

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73% of Australian workers are affected by workplace stress*.

91% of workers’ compensation claims involving a mental health condition are linked to workplace stress**.

What is Workplace Stress?

Workplace Stress results from a discrepancy between the requirements of a role, an individual’s capabilities to undertake that role, and the resources and support available to them in the workplace (1). Of course, some degree of stress will always be present at a workplace, especially in response to commonplace pressures such as deadlines, challenging tasks or performance reviews. Stress is commonly viewed as a negative […]

Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

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1 in 5 complaints received under the Sex Discrimination Act involve a complaint of sexual harassment, and the vast majority of these take place in the workplace (1).

Over 28% of Australian women say they have experienced sexual harassment in the workplace, as well as 7% of men (2).

These statistics speak volumes as to the extent of the problem. In addition, the disparity between the statistics regarding women and men highlights the fact that sexual harassment poses a significant risk to women’s equal participation in the workplace, a risk which threatens to reduce the […]