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Mental health in the workplace
The Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005 refers to 'mental condition' in it's definition of 'personal injury' which includes "any injury, disease, disability, occupational illness or any impairment of physical or mental condition". A proactive approach by employers to mental well-being, prevention and management of mental health problems in the workplace can make a significant difference to employees and to the culture of an organisation. Positive management of employee mental health can provide a supportive environment for employees struggling with either personal or work related issues and help to minimise absenteeism and improve productivity when approached the right way. A guide to assist managers in dealing with mental health and well-being issues in the workplace is available below.