According to a new report, as many as one in five Australians have stayed away from work in the past 12 months due to stress, depression or mental illness.

A report by BeyondBlue called the State of Workplace Health in Australia, found there was a disconnect between management and the workforce on the treatment of mental wellbeing and how it was being promoted in the organisation.

The report questioned more than 1000 participants across Australia and found that a staggering 71 per cent of leaders believed they were committed to promoting staff mental health and only 37 per cent of employees agreed with this.

The biggest culprits were long working hours and an inadequate work/life balance.

Although mental health is not an issue often discussed in the construction industry, this report proves the importance of making it a priority.



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