Effectively managing mental health in the workplace increases both staff productivity and employee wellbeing.

The Incidence of Mental Health Problems in Australia

More than 1 million Australians experience depression, anxiety or substance related disorders each year.

1 in 5 Australians are affected by depression at some stage in their life.

Approximately 2/3rds of people who have depression will not seek help.

The Cost of Depression in the Workplace

According to a study by the University of Melbourne and Vic Health, ‘preventable job stress’ costs the Australian economy $730 million per year. This includes lost productivity due to absenteeism and staff being on the job but unable to function to capacity, as well as government subsidised counselling and medication.

  1. Each depressed employee has been estimated to, on average, cost their employer, $9665 per year.
  2. It is estimated $7878 could be recouped if depressed workers got treatment for their depression.
  3. Glaxo Smith Kline , the pharmaceutical company, found that employees with mental health problems were likely to be away from work 7.5 times longer than employees with physical illnesses.

Workshops currently offered:

  • Managing Depression in the Workplace
  • Stress Management in the Workplace
  • Managing Chronic Pain in the Workplace
  • Overcoming Fear of Public Speaking in the Workplace

Catherine has almost 20 years of experience as a clinical psychologist working with people who suffer depression, anxiety and chronic pain and offers both workshops and individual therapy.

Courses can be conducted on site at your location and tailored to the needs of your organisation. If organisations would like to workshop case studies of past scenarios they have encountered with staff as part of their mental health training this can be arranged, provided the anonymity and confidentiality of the individuals involved is preserved.

Workshops may be held for periods of one hour, several hours or even a day or two, depending upon the needs of the client.
Catherine has provided stress management courses to schools such as Carey Baptist Grammar, Camberwell High School, employers such as Precedence Health Care, Instrat Group, and Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency , community groups and tertiary institutions (e.g.William Angliss).

Enquiries phone (03) 98193671 or 0429 88 3671 or email us via the contact form

  1. Sanderson, K; La Montagne, T. Estimating the economic benefits of eliminating job strain as a risk factor for depression, Victorian Health Promotion Foundation, Melbourne, Australia, ISBN: 978-1-921822-01-8,2010
  2. Queensland Centre for Mental Health Research at the University of Queensland.