The term 'mental health' refers to how a person thinks, feels, and acts when faced with life's situations. It is how people look at themselves, their lives, and the other people in their lives; evaluate the challenges and the problems; and explore choices. This includes handling stress, relating to other people, and making decisions.
Safeguarding our mental health is just as important as our physical health
Within the department, workplaces are encouraged to establish a Wellbeing Committee or to include staff wellbeing as a standing agenda item on the Workplace Health and Safety Committee's agenda. Individual workplaces are encouraged to develop staff wellbeing programs that meet the needs of staff and focus on improving wellbeing.
There are many resources available to staff to promote positive mental health and wellbeing. Search for ‘staff wellbeing’ on OnePortal for more information.
Support services and capability development
The department provides support services for staff to help improve and maintain positive mental health and wellbeing. This includes capability development and training, access to counselling when needed and a range of other information resources and assistance.
For more information about the support services available to staff, including the Employee Assistance Program (EAP), search for EAP on OnePortal.
Useful resources and links
Mental Health Association of Australia
Queensland Mental Health Commission
Black Dog Institute