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WorkSafe Tasmania Month: Mental health in spotlight

MENTAL health and wellbeing is the focus of WorkSafe Tasmania Month.

According to the government, mental health is one of the top five causes of injuries in Tasmanian workplaces.

Minister for Workplace Relations David O’Byrne said providing a healthy and safe workplace benefits all workers.

“In southern Tasmania, 268 people suffered mental diseases, followed by 86 in the North West and 59 in the North,” Mr O’Byrne said.

“The top three industries in which these occurred were health and community services (107 injuries), followed by education with 68 injuries and government administration and defence recording 48 injuries.

“With nearly half of the adult population experiencing a mental illness at some point in their lives, to think it only happens outside work is burying our heads in the sand.”

Mr O’Byrne said healthy employees were more productive, more engaged in their work, and had fewer sick leave days and greater levels of energy and concentration.

WorkSafe Month began today and runs until November 1. Mr O’Byrne told media that last year the number of workplace injuries dropped below 9000 for the first time.

Find out more about WorkSafe Month 2013 here.

Read the Mercury article here and the ABC Tasmania article here.

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