Employees

Looking after yourself and supporting your colleagues


"Mental health is “a state of well-being in which every individual realises his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community.”

World Health Organisation (WHO), 2014. Mental Health: a State of Wellbeing.


"It's estimated that 45 per cent of Australians will experience a mental health condition in their lifetime, the most common being anxiety and depression."

Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). (2008). National Survey of Mental Health and Wellbeing: Summary of Results, 2007. Cat. no. (4326.0). Canberra: ABS.


"One in five Australian workers is currently experiencing a mental health condition."

TNS (2014). State of Workplace Mental Health in Australia. Melbourne: beyondblue.


When we talk about mental wellness in the workplace we are talking about how our working environment affects us – either positively or negatively – how it impacts our ability to do our jobs, and how it influences our overall wellbeing. It also is just as important to look after our mental wellness outside of work.

In the sections below, you will be able to view a variety of information on looking after your own mental wellness and how you can support others you work with.


Coming soon

We are building this section to include self-assessment, tools and a library of resources on common workplace and personal stressors. The information is selected and designed to enhance your knowledge and build your capability in looking after yourself, seeking support and identify next steps to stay well.

Below are a couple of tools recommended by the Australian Department of Health, when clicking on the link you will be directed to an external website.

Healthdirect Symptom Checker

Healthdirect Australia is a national, government-owned, not-for-profit organisation that delivers a range of innovative services to provide every Australian with access to trusted health information and advice, when and where they need it.

The healthdirect Symptom Checker is an online tool which allows you to check your symptoms using a simple self-guided triage process to get advice about what action you should take next.

Sam the chatbot

Sam the chatbot is a virtual assistant available through Head to Health. Answer some of Sam's questions and you will be pointed to relevant mental health resources.


Head to Health is collaboration between the Australian Department of Health, the community, and the mental health sector.

Do you want to learn more about mental health? Or maybe you want to learn more about how to support your colleagues. If you do then why not check out these e-learning courses:

Managing Mental Health Risks at Work

Course time: Approx. 20 minutes

This course allows employees and managers to assess common workplace scenarios that can impact mental health of employees. The course gives the user options for exploring different actions and provides valuable insights for the employees and managers on the best approaches and likely outcomes.

Access this course through Equip padlock

What would you do? Approaching an employee you’re concerned about.

Course time: Approx. 20 minutes

This course assists you and managers to address a common workplace scenario. Using a ‘choose a pathway’ approach, you are challenged to help an employee dealing with a mental health condition to the benefit of the employee and the workplace.

Access this course through Equip padlock

SafeWork Australia

Infographic: Workplace mental health

Head up - for employees

The Mentally Healthy Workplace Alliance was established by the National Mental Health Commission in 2012. The alliance partnered with Beyond Blue on a national campaign – Heads Up – to support and create mentally healthy workplaces for all businesses across all sectors. Heads Up has produced resources for businesses, large and small, for managers, the boardroom and employees.

Go to Heads up to find information for employees on:

  • Taking care of yourself
  • Mental health conditions
  • Staying at or returning to work
  • Working with a mental health condition
  • Bullying- information for employees
  • Deciding to tell others
  • Helping a work mate
  • Suicide prevention
  • Resources for individual
  • Personal stories

Have you ever felt stressed at work or perhaps after work when you are at home? If you answered yes to this question, you aren’t alone. Stress is a part of everyday life but when it becomes intense, it can cause an increase in our physical and mental health.

Here are 10 tips for working in a mentally healthy way.

  • Limit working extra hours
  • Schedule meetings in core work hours
  • Take regular breaks
  • Try not to take work home
  • Take holiday leave
  • Set realistic deadlines and deliver on them
  • Sometimes, it’s OK to say “No”
  • Have a technology switch-off
  • Make use of the Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
  • Explore suitable flexible working arrangements
You can read more Taking care of your mental health: A guide for employees

Coming Soon

We are building this section to include practical tools to help you feel good and Staywell. The information, tools and activities will cover:

  • building resilience
  • staying connected
  • feeling good

Coming Soon

We are building this section to include information, tips and initiatives that will help you support your colleagues in the workplace and play an active role in supporting a mentally healthy workplace.

Head up - supporting others

Go to Heads up to find information on supporting others, such as:

  • Are they ok?
  • Starting a conversation
  • Helping a workmate
  • Suicide prevention
  • Workplace bullying

Visit the support page of the Staywell Hub for more information.

Mentally healthy workplaces

SafeWork NSW offers a great resource about how mentally healthy workplaces contribute to social and financial benefits for employees and the business.

Visit mentally healthy workplaces to access more information on how you can contribute to making Transport for NSW a mentally healthy workplace.

Head to Health

Head to Health is a website that connects Australians to trusted mental health services and information.


To find out how Head to Health can help you, someone in your family or a friend, visit headtohealth.gov.au

Happify App

Happify is an online positive psychology games and activities program. The tool will assist with some fun ways to:

  • Learn positive psychology skills
  • Practice positive thought habits
  • Use proactive strategies for better mental health

Website: https://happify.com/

Moodgym App

Moodgym is like an interactive self-help book which helps you to learn and practise skills which can help to prevent and manage symptoms of depression and anxiety.

Website: https://moodgym.com.au/

Looking after yourself and supporting your colleagues


"Mental health is “a state of well-being in which every individual realises his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community.”

World Health Organisation (WHO), 2014. Mental Health: a State of Wellbeing.


"It's estimated that 45 per cent of Australians will experience a mental health condition in their lifetime, the most common being anxiety and depression."

Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). (2008). National Survey of Mental Health and Wellbeing: Summary of Results, 2007. Cat. no. (4326.0). Canberra: ABS.


"One in five Australian workers is currently experiencing a mental health condition."

TNS (2014). State of Workplace Mental Health in Australia. Melbourne: beyondblue.


When we talk about mental wellness in the workplace we are talking about how our working environment affects us – either positively or negatively – how it impacts our ability to do our jobs, and how it influences our overall wellbeing. It also is just as important to look after our mental wellness outside of work.

In the sections below, you will be able to view a variety of information on looking after your own mental wellness and how you can support others you work with.


Coming soon

We are building this section to include self-assessment, tools and a library of resources on common workplace and personal stressors. The information is selected and designed to enhance your knowledge and build your capability in looking after yourself, seeking support and identify next steps to stay well.

Below are a couple of tools recommended by the Australian Department of Health, when clicking on the link you will be directed to an external website.

Healthdirect Symptom Checker

Healthdirect Australia is a national, government-owned, not-for-profit organisation that delivers a range of innovative services to provide every Australian with access to trusted health information and advice, when and where they need it.

The healthdirect Symptom Checker is an online tool which allows you to check your symptoms using a simple self-guided triage process to get advice about what action you should take next.

Sam the chatbot

Sam the chatbot is a virtual assistant available through Head to Health. Answer some of Sam's questions and you will be pointed to relevant mental health resources.


Head to Health is collaboration between the Australian Department of Health, the community, and the mental health sector.

Do you want to learn more about mental health? Or maybe you want to learn more about how to support your colleagues. If you do then why not check out these e-learning courses:

Managing Mental Health Risks at Work

Course time: Approx. 20 minutes

This course allows employees and managers to assess common workplace scenarios that can impact mental health of employees. The course gives the user options for exploring different actions and provides valuable insights for the employees and managers on the best approaches and likely outcomes.

Access this course through Equip padlock

What would you do? Approaching an employee you’re concerned about.

Course time: Approx. 20 minutes

This course assists you and managers to address a common workplace scenario. Using a ‘choose a pathway’ approach, you are challenged to help an employee dealing with a mental health condition to the benefit of the employee and the workplace.

Access this course through Equip padlock

SafeWork Australia

Infographic: Workplace mental health

Head up - for employees

The Mentally Healthy Workplace Alliance was established by the National Mental Health Commission in 2012. The alliance partnered with Beyond Blue on a national campaign – Heads Up – to support and create mentally healthy workplaces for all businesses across all sectors. Heads Up has produced resources for businesses, large and small, for managers, the boardroom and employees.

Go to Heads up to find information for employees on:

  • Taking care of yourself
  • Mental health conditions
  • Staying at or returning to work
  • Working with a mental health condition
  • Bullying- information for employees
  • Deciding to tell others
  • Helping a work mate
  • Suicide prevention
  • Resources for individual
  • Personal stories

Have you ever felt stressed at work or perhaps after work when you are at home? If you answered yes to this question, you aren’t alone. Stress is a part of everyday life but when it becomes intense, it can cause an increase in our physical and mental health.

Here are 10 tips for working in a mentally healthy way.

  • Limit working extra hours
  • Schedule meetings in core work hours
  • Take regular breaks
  • Try not to take work home
  • Take holiday leave
  • Set realistic deadlines and deliver on them
  • Sometimes, it’s OK to say “No”
  • Have a technology switch-off
  • Make use of the Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
  • Explore suitable flexible working arrangements
You can read more Taking care of your mental health: A guide for employees

Coming Soon

We are building this section to include practical tools to help you feel good and Staywell. The information, tools and activities will cover:

  • building resilience
  • staying connected
  • feeling good

Coming Soon

We are building this section to include information, tips and initiatives that will help you support your colleagues in the workplace and play an active role in supporting a mentally healthy workplace.

Head up - supporting others

Go to Heads up to find information on supporting others, such as:

  • Are they ok?
  • Starting a conversation
  • Helping a workmate
  • Suicide prevention
  • Workplace bullying

Visit the support page of the Staywell Hub for more information.

Mentally healthy workplaces

SafeWork NSW offers a great resource about how mentally healthy workplaces contribute to social and financial benefits for employees and the business.

Visit mentally healthy workplaces to access more information on how you can contribute to making Transport for NSW a mentally healthy workplace.

Head to Health

Head to Health is a website that connects Australians to trusted mental health services and information.


To find out how Head to Health can help you, someone in your family or a friend, visit headtohealth.gov.au

Happify App

Happify is an online positive psychology games and activities program. The tool will assist with some fun ways to:

  • Learn positive psychology skills
  • Practice positive thought habits
  • Use proactive strategies for better mental health

Website: https://happify.com/

Moodgym App

Moodgym is like an interactive self-help book which helps you to learn and practise skills which can help to prevent and manage symptoms of depression and anxiety.

Website: https://moodgym.com.au/