JLT MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS MONTH

12 September 2018

As a leader in people risk consulting, we understand first-hand that mental health is proving to be an increasing concern for many businesses and communities at large. We also understand the important role JLT plays in creating a better future for working Australia, where businesses, through their people, have the mental resilience to succeed.

JLT exists to improve the mental health of workforces every day. As an employer of passionate allied health professionals, including psychologists, our people live and breathe JLT's wider commitment to raising mental health awareness right across the business community. We are actively making a difference and are more committed than ever to drive positive change.

That's why we're launching 'JLT Mental Health Awareness Month'. Over four weeks, we'll share specialist insights, tools, resources, services and programmes with JLT stakeholders that improve emotional and mental health, social connectivity, financial education and sense of job fulfilment.

JLT Mental Health Month runs from September 13 to October 10. The initiative coincides with World Mental Health Day and the insurance industry's Diversity and Inclusion Festival, Dive In. Stay tuned for more information.

The initiative has been made possible with sponsorship by JLT’s Corporate Social Responsibility Committee, and will be delivered through JLT’s specialist People Risk Consulting Division.

WHY MENTAL HEALTH IS IMPORTANT

Mental illness affects many people in the community — about 45 per cent of Australians will experience a mental health condition during their lifetime, according to ABS data. One in five Australians aged 16–85, experience a mental illness in any year. Common illnesses include depression, anxiety and substance use disorders.

Many mental illnesses go untreated. More than 50 per cent of people with mental illness do not access any treatment, according to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. It has been shown that, when left untreated, mental illnesses can lead to significant financial burdens for employers. Poor mental health costs Australian businesses about $10.9 billion every year due to absenteeism, reduced workplace productivity and compensation claims.

HOW JLT CAN HELP

Our specialist people risk consultants and health, safety and rehabilitation professionals work with businesses to make meaningful mental health intervention before, during and after claims. This work impacts the incidence and severity of claims, and their duration and cost when they occur. Our model is uniquely structured to include a combination of absolute best-in-class industry expertise, sophisticated technological and analytical solutions, and the largest broker owned network of rehabilitation professionals in Australia.

“We specialise in helping businesses empower their greatest asset — their people. We want to share our knowledge with others to help create a better working Australia, where businesses, through their people, have the resilience to succeed.” - Matthew Bacon, JLT People Risk Consulting CEO

We have a number of events planned for the month, starting with R U OK? Day:

JLT R U OK? Day - Thursday, 13 September
JLT Dive In Event: Waking up to Mental Health - Thursday, 27 September
JLT World Mental Health Day - Wednesday, 10 October