Anne Richey | 'Learned helplessness' is the theory of behaviour in which a person forced to endure painful or unpleasant stimuli becomes either unwilling or unable to avoid subsequent situations.
Learned helplessness means that the person begins to believe that they are unable to control the situation and no longer searches for a way to avoid it. The theory takes the view that clinical depression and other related mental illnesses result from a real or perceived absence of control over the factors which cause the individual pain. The workers’ compensation system can be a breeding ground for the development of ‘learned helplessness,’ and impacts workers’ sense of control and motivation. more >>
Anne Richey | Dr Michael Leiter, a professor at the Centre for Organisational Research and Development at Acadia University, offers strategies for enabling employees to constructively engage at work and avoid burnout.
Dr Michael Leiter, a professor at the Centre for Organisational Research and Development at Acadia University, offers strategies for enabling employees to constructively engage at work and avoid burnout. Many people experience burnout during their working lives. It can result in isolation, depression, lack of energy and loss of interest in life, and it is a growing problem. Dr Leiter believes that there are three major reasons for employers to address burnout: To reduce disability claims and have a positive impact on the company’s bottom line. more >>
Gabrielle Lis | We talk trauma, recovery in the workplace and PTSD with Professor Mark Creamer from the Australian Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health.
We can’t avoid trauma. Most of us will have a traumatic experience at some point in our lives, whether it’s being involved in a car accident, seeing a serious injury occur, surviving sexual assault or living through the horror of losing a home – or worse, loved ones – to natural disaster. Traumatic events vary greatly and so too do our responses to them. No two people deal with trauma in exactly the same way, but contrary to what TV dramas and sensationalist media reports might suggest, most of us do deal with it successfully. more >>
Gabrielle Lis | Dr Geoffrey Waghorn tells us about the importance of employment for people with severe mental illness - and how it's best achieved by simple, everyday good management.
Dr Geoffrey Waghorn is a Senior Scientist at the Queensland Centre for Mental Health Research and has written extensively about employment and severe mental illness. When he shared his expertise with RTWM, he had some surprising news for employers: managing return to work for staff with psychiatric disabilities is pretty much "business as usual". Why? Because people who have a psychiatric disability have a lot in common with people who don't. more >>
October is Safe Work Month, and to mark the occasion, Safe Work Australia are launching a Virtual Seminar Series. The Chair of Safe Work Australia encourages workers to reflect on their reasons for being safe and healthy at work. She said that, "For me, the major cost of workplace injury is the personal impact on the worker and their family and friends. I want workers to be safe and healthy at work so they can return home to their loved ones each day." In addition to the virtual seminars, workers are also able to access a smart phone app listing resources, statistics and events.
Federal Health Minister Sussan Ley has announced that the current system around mental health will soon be overhauled. The aim is to "catch people before they fall." A report in April 2015 found that "The effect of our poorly planned mental health system is a massive drain on the wellbeing of people and families, and on Australia's productivity and economic growth." The overhaul is expected to shift the focus from crisis and acute care to community-based services, primary health care, prevention and early intervention.
Studies show that financial insecurity has a strong impact on migrant worker health, and that through poor working conditions, chronic health issues may arise. This can back traced back into Australia's past, with the Wittenoom asbestos mine in the 1960's cited as an example. Italian-born workers in the twon were placed in the least desirable jobs and exposed to higher levels of asbestos fibres. As a result, they faced a mesathelioma risk 16 times their counterparts. Migrant workers still tend to be exporsed to higher levels of occupational hazards, with many ineligible or unwilling to make workers' compensation claims.
Garry McDonald, comic actor and former beyondblue board member, discussed his experiences with depression and anxiety on Australian Story last night. Since his well-documented breakdown in the 1990's, he has become a strong advocate for Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), saying that it have him life. The show provided a behind the scenes look at his personal challenges and the path he took towards becoming well again. Garry currently appears as a regular character on Offspring. Q&A also discussed mental health last night, as part of their Mental As programming.