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One in three Australian workers took mental health days last year

  • New finder.com.au research shows nearly 4 million mental health days were taken in the past 12 months.
  • That’s one-third of workers who have used their sick leave for stress or mental health.
  • finder.com.au encourages employees to check if stress relief treatments are subsidised by their employer or private health insurance.

02 November 2017, Sydney, Australia – 3.74 million Australian workers have used at least one day of their sick leave for mental health or stress in the past 12 months, according to new research from finder.com.au, the site that compares virtually everything.

The finder.com.au survey of 2,010 Australian adults, found that one third (31%) of workers have taken a mental health day in the last year.

The research found that nearly two in five (36%) full-time workers have taken leave for mental health, compared to 32% of part-time workers.

finder.com.au Insurance Expert Bessie Hassan, says it’s important for employers to use these findings as an opportunity to provide support for their team members.

“Employers and business owners are in a unique position where they’re able to encourage and assist employees with their mental health, especially as work can be overwhelming at times.

“It’s worth considering incentives such as flexible working arrangements, subsidised counselling, or even encouraging a healthy and active lifestyle to help reduce stress.

"Furthermore, happy and health employees can boost productivity in the workplace, so introducing such initiatives can lead to a real win-win."

The findings revealed that female workers (32%) were slightly more likely than men (29%) to take a mental health day.

Tasmanian workers are the least likely to use their sick leave for stress, with less than one in five (18%) taking time off. Western Australians are the most likely to use their leave (34%).

Ms Hassan says that employees may have access to remedial treatments through their personal or corporate health insurance policy.

“Some stress-relief treatments such as remedial massage, yoga classes or counselling sessions may be covered by a health insurance policy with extras cover. While, admitted psychiatric treatment is often covered by hospital policies that cover mental health.”

“The key message here is if you’re feeling overwhelmed or need some time out from the workplace, check in with your employer, and read up on your health insurance policy.”

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The information in this release is accurate as of the date published, but rates, fees and other product features may have changed. Please see updated product information on finder.com.au's review pages for the current correct values.

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