Moree employers are invited to a free session next week to help improve mental health in their workplaces.
Insurance and Care (icare) NSW is hosting the event at the Max Centre, Moree on Tuesday, March 17.
Icare's mobile engagement team relationship manager David Huxley said the event aims to provide tools and information to help employers build resilience and social connections in the workplaces, and better support their workers in the event of a mental health injury.
"The current economic and environmental climate presents significant challenge for Moree's workers and employers alike," he said.
"Given we spend one-third of our lives at work, these external pressures can have a flow-on effect to workplace mental health."
Over the last five years, 4.6 per cent of workers compensation claims lodged in Moree were mental health related, with workplace bullying and harassment the leading cause of mental health injury.
By attending icare's Mental Health Session, Moree employers will learn tips and ideas to improve social connections in their workplace and prevent mental health injuries. They'll also gain tools to support their workers if they experience a mental health injury and get them back to work sooner.
"In Moree, a worker recovering from a mental health injury is away from work for an average of 254 days, which is more than four times longer than the average return to work timeframe for a physical injury," he said.
The longer people are off work, the greater the risk of social isolation, which can have a huge impact on the wellbeing of people who are already feeling vulnerable. Employers also feel the sting, as mental health claims are among the most complex and have significant direct and indirect costs to businesses.
"It makes sense for Moree's employers to be focused on building a psychologically resilient workplace culture. This starts with prevention of psychological injury at work and also providing support for workers who may be experiencing a problem.
"We're really looking forward to meeting with local employers and discussing the issues that are important to you. We're ready to provide the support you need and help you to build safe, happy and mentally healthy workplaces."
The free session will be held at the Max Centre from 5.45pm to 8pm on Tuesday, March 17. To register, go to http://bit.ly/icareMoreeMHF