Emergency contacts are also listed.
Taking personal care
Be proactive about looking after your own mental health, in the same way you take action to protect your physical health and safety in the workplace.
Read our Top 10 Tips to maintaining and improving your own health and wellbeing. Notice what you are already doing well, but be honest with yourself. Write down an area for action and feel good about making some small changes – these can lead to big improvements.
Safety solutions at work
Workplaces can be a good setting for promoting positive attitudes and practices about mental health, particularly through education and awareness.
Our Simple Steps to Safety guide, with useful templates and checklists, will help you to include work health and safety as part of your business planning. Use our health and safety checklist to help identify mental health-related hazards in your workplace and find areas for improvement.
View our Top 10 Tips video, which can be used as a discussion starter or inspiration for toolbox talks and group exercises around sharing the responsibility for maintaining and improving health and wellbeing.
Seek information, advice and support from our free workplace advisory service if you need it.
- ask your GP to refer you to specialist psychologist services, such as a Mental Health Shared Care plan or access to the Rural Primary Health Service
- SANE Australia: mental health awareness, online peer support, stigma reduction, specialist helpline support, research and advocacy
- Head to Health: programs that address various health and mental wellbeing areas
- Ehub Assist: portal of online self-help resources
- Safe Work Australia: authoritative national guide Work-related psychological health and safety: A systematic approach to meeting your duties describes how to build a psychologically healthy and safe workplace by identifying, assessing and controlling risks to workers’ mental health there’s also a presentation you can watch from the Virtual Seminar Series where Dr Peta Miller discusses the drivers for this guidance material (run time approx 30 minutes)
- Safe Work Australia: fact sheet on preventing psychological injury under work health and safety laws
- Safe Work Australia: information about workplace bullying, including worker and employer guides
- ReturnToWork SA: information and advice on mentally healthy workplaces - email or call 13 18 55 to see how they can help your business mitigate and control mental health risks
- WorkCover Queensland: mentally healthy workplace toolkit
- Black Dog Institute: education and training programs for workplaces, schools, community groups and health professionals, including a workplace mental health toolkit
- Victorian Small Business Commission: creating a mentally healthy small business
- Australian Human Rights Commission: Workers with Mental Illness: a Practical Guide for Managers - how to appropriately support workers with mental illness and how to develop and promote a safe and healthy work environment for everyone
- Superfriend: partners with superannuation funds and group insurers to help build positive, psychologically safe working environments, including indicators of a thriving workplace survey
- beyondblue: information and resources about anxiety and depression
- beyondblue: connect with workplace ambassadors and speakers
- Heads Up: strategies for healthy workplaces, including a health and wellbeing policy template and strategy development how-to guide
- Heads Up: tips for small business owners in creating mentally healthy workplaces
- Heads Up: training package designed to equip anyone managing people with the knowledge, skills and confidence to deliver mental health toolbox talks to their team
- EAP Professional Association: workplace employee assistance program providers
- SANE Australia: become or book peer ambassadors
- Mental Health Australia: non-government national peak body
- MATES in Construction: supporting the Australian construction industry and workplaces to reduce the high level of suicide within this industry sector
- Regional Access: call 1300 032 186 (24/7 service) for phone counselling available for anyone 15 years and older living or working in regional South Australia
- PHN Adelaide Primary Mental Health Care: call 1300 898 213, 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday (excl. public holidays) - centralised information and referral service for community and professionals in the Adelaide metropolitan area
- Beyondblue support services: call 1300 224 636 (24/7 service)
- Australian Psychological Society: find a psychologist
- suicide prevention networks in your local area in South Australia
- Mental Health Coalition of South Australia: directory of community-managed, non-government mental health services
- Australian Men's Health Forum: promoting a social approach to male health and wellbeing
If you are in an emergency, or at immediate risk of harm to yourself or others, please contact emergency services on 000. Otherwise help is available from:
- Lifeline: call 13 11 14 (24/7 service) for confidential crisis support
- Suicide Call Back Service: call 1300 659 467 (24/7 service) for counselling if you are at risk of suicide
- SA Health Mental Health Triage Service: call 13 14 65 (24/7 service) if you feel that you may be in need of support and have never accessed a mental health service before
- Country mental health services: inpatient care and distance support for country people in rural and regional South Australia
- Men’sLine Australia: call 1300 789 978 (24/7 service) for professional counsellors who are experienced in men’s family and relationship issues
- headspace Adelaide: free and confidential service for young people aged 12 to 25 with access to qualified youth mental health professionals
- ReachOut: free supportive, safe and anonymous online space for young people and their parents, and ReachOutSchools: resources and information for teachers and school-based professionals
- Kids Help Line: call 1800 55 1800 (24/7 service) for free, private and confidential phone and online counselling for young people aged 5 to 25
Focus days or events can be a great motivator to do something positive about improving health and wellbeing, either personally or as a workplace group. Try the following: