How leaders can help create mentally healthy workplaces

Statistics can sometimes overwhelm. The figures pile up, and we lose sight of what the numbers mean. Take, for instance, the statistics around mental health in Australia:

  • One in seven Australians will experience depression in their lifetime.

  • One-quarter of Australians will experience an anxiety condition in their lifetime.

  • One in nine Australians is currently experiencing high or very high psychological distress.

  • Around eight people die each day in Australia by suicide.

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Why we need to make peace with fear

The role fear plays in our lives depends on the power we give it and how we manage it. Fear can paralyse us into inaction. It can also lead us to make rash and ill-informed decisions. But between these two extremes, fear can be an emotion that leads us to constructive and positive action. We all have the power to turn fear into a positive.

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MindsetSamuel KohComment
The Power of Authenticity

Authenticity – being authentic in all that we do, in all facets of life, with family, community, at work, at play, everywhere, is what it’s all about. It’s where we have the most impact. It’s why people trust us, believe in us, respect and admire us – why they follow us.

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Make your next 10 years count

You’re a successful professional, respected by your colleagues and confident about your place in the scheme of things. It’s a great place to be, but it’s important not to get complacent. This is the time for you to start making plans for the next decade of your life; to make the next ten years of your life count.

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Resilience

I often hear CEOs and prominent business people complain to me that economic conditions aren’t as good now as they were pre-GFC. I often reply with the same answer. They may never be again so deal with the economic environment in front of you. Adapt, innovate, engage and inspire your employees.

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Perceptions of Australia

As Australians we all know that we live in a lucky country. In the 1960s Donald Horne wrote this very phrase and it has been an iconic Australian saying. Australia is seen as a country that never really experiences hardship, whether that is economic recession, civil revolution or horrific weather conditions and a place where the people don’t feel the brunt of international events.

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