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Maria Katsonis: Mental Health in the Workplace

Session Info:

  • At any given time 1 in 5 employees are likely to be experiencing a mental health condition.
  • 65% of people with mental illness do not access any treatment.
  • Mental illness costs Australian businesses around $10.9 billion a year in lost productivity.
  • Research has shown that for every for every one dollar invested in mental health initiatives, there’s a return of $2.30.

As someone who works as a senior executive and lives with a chronic mental illness, I am passionate about educating my audience about mental illness and creating mentally healthy workplaces. My aim is to raise awareness and break down the stigma of mental illness in the workplace.

  • Creating a positive and open approach to workplace mental health.
  • Understanding the impact of mental illness in the workplace at the individual and organizational level.
  • Supporting colleagues and staff.
  • The personal experience of mental illness and recovery.

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