Australian professionals face mental health crisis and turn to digital mental health tools to cope Headspace Health.
A report released by the organization shows that nearly nine out of 10 (88%) Australian executives report using digital mental health tools.
Globally, the number of adoptions has doubled since 2020: 54% of Australian workers have previously used technology-based emotional and mental health services.
But the study also found that one in three Australian workers feels that an employer is not doing enough to maintain their mental health. While 71% say their company increased its focus on mental health during the pandemic, only 31% say the company maintained that focus during the crisis.
In this regard, there is a gap between CEOs and employees: 97% of Australian executives believe they are doing enough to maintain the mental health of the workforce compared to only 66% of employees.
Australian staff also face acute stress: 91% of Australians report experiencing stress from moderate to extreme at least once a week. The main stressors for Australian employees are COVID-19, burnout due to increased workload or staff shortages, and poor work-life balance.
This affects employee performance: 72% said they missed at least one workday – and 41% – a whole week – during the past year due to stress, anxiety or other mental health problems.
“Employee mental health is a business continuity issue that every manager needs to address, especially because many employees return to the office and experience new daily stresses,” said Headspace Health CEO Russell Glass.
“To attract and retain talent, it is important that leaders destigmatize mental health from the top down and meet the growing expectations of their employees for the high-quality benefits of mental health.”