Heidi Dening, CEO of Workable Wellness is Selected for Global Advisory Position

It is an honour to have been selected as a Global Advisor for the IWBI™ (International WELL Building Institute™) Mind Advisory Board for 2018-2019.

In fact, I am the only Australian to have been chosen for this important role.

For the next 12months, this Mind Advisory Board will look at ways to improve mental health policy, programs and design strategies for individuals, teams and companies who want to ensure they are ready for the future of work.

I feel privileged to be amongst this group of global thought leaders who are also passionate about improving mental wellbeing so that workplaces and communities can thrive.   Tweet: When you have an early meeting or you just can’t face eating before you rush out the door, then a smoothie is the perfect morning companion.   Click to tweet

 

As we know, having good mental well-being means that individuals are able to:

  • live to their fullest potential,
  • cope with the normal stresses of life,
  • work productively, and
  • contribute to their community.

 

The Cost Of Untreated Mental Health Conditions To Australian Workplaces

According to Beyond Blue, in an independent Australian study, it was estimated that untreated mental health conditions cost Australian workplaces approximately $10.9 billion per year.

This comprises 

  • $4.7 billion in absenteeism, 
  • $6.1 billion in presenteeism, and 
  • $146 million in compensation claims.

Given the high prevalence of mental health conditions among the working population, the workplace is increasingly being seen as an important target for mental health promotion, prevention and interventions.   Tweet: When you have an early meeting or you just can’t face eating before you rush out the door, then a smoothie is the perfect morning companion.   Click to tweet

This is why the IWBI Mind Advisory Board that I am now part of for the next 12months is so important.

 

Mental Wellbeing Strategies

We will be looking at a range of broad strategies including the following:

  • Improvements to mental health literacy and efforts to reduce stigma;
  • Provision of healthy living and working conditions for all, including organisational improvements to promote positive work environments and provision of stress management programs;
  • Strategies that address gaps in access of services and treatment of mental health, substance use and addiction.
  • Improving opportunities for restoration through mindfulness programming, restorative spaces and support of optimal sleep;
  • Design strategies, that supports productivity and focus, which can help relieve workplace stress and anxiety, reduce absences and enhance overall perceived health status.

Through a diverse set of interventions, the WELL Mind concept seeks to address and support these drivers of mental health with the goal of improving the cognitive and emotional health and well-being of those living, working, learning and spending time in WELL spaces.

 

Your Experiences Will Help Us Shape The Future – Please Be Willing To Share

I would love your thoughts on what has worked well and what needs improvement in your workplace.

For me to represent Australian workplaces to the best of my ability, I need to hear from you about what the reality is so I can recommend practical solutions.

Please email me directly if you would be willing to share your experiences. You will be assured of complete confidentiality.

I promise to keep you updated with the progress we make during the next 12months as we collectively work towards improvement in this important area.

Be Well / Love Life / Heidi Dening / Founder and CEO / Workable Wellness

References:

International WELL Building Institute
HeadsUp – State of Workplace Mental Health in Australia
TNS Social Research
Beyond Blue Australia

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