To coincide with World Mental Health Day (10 October 2010), beyondblue held a workshop at Adviceline Injury Lawyers to increase our awareness of the most common mental health problems in the workplace.
According to beyondblue, anxiety disorders are the most common mental disorders in Australia. One in four people will experience an anxiety disorder during their lifetime.
A General Anxiety Disorder may include symptoms such as: feeling very worried, finding the anxiety prevents you carrying out everyday tasks, feeling restless or on edge, having difficulty concentrating, feeling irritable or having trouble sleeping.
Depression was described as having a persistently low mood for a period of at least two weeks, together with a loss of interest in your usual activities. Symptoms included: feeling fatigued, unusually emotional, getting angry or frustrated easily, loss of confidence or negative thought patterns.
beyondblue recommends seeking medical treatment from your GP or other health provider if you feel you are suffering any symptoms of anxiety or depression.
Common causes of psychological injury in the workplace may include: feeling unsupported by your employer, feeling victimised or harassed, being subjected to an unreasonable workload or being bullied by a colleague or manager.
If you have suffered a psychological condition or injury at work, you may be entitled to compensation. If you would like more advice about your entitlements, call Adviceline Injury Lawyers on (03) 9321 9988.