About the Mindful Employer Charter
The Mindful Employer Charter is voluntary agreement by Australian employers who care about improving mental health in the workplace. The Charter is a statement of broad principles which employers work towards (not a formal set of standards or accreditation), and is an integral first step in the Mindful Employer program.
Signing the charter demonstrates your organisation's committment to best-practice mental health and safety in the workplace.
See our list of Mindful Employer signatories.
The ME Charter
- Promote good mental health in the workplace, and show a positive and enabling attitude to employees and job applicants who have, or who develop, mental health problems. This will include positive statements in recruitment literature.
- Ensure that all staff involved in recruitment and selection are briefed on mental health issues and the Disability Discrimination Act, and given appropriate interview skills.
- Make it clear in recruitment and supervision that people who have experienced, or who develop, mental health problems will not be discriminated against and that disclosure of a mental health problem will enable both employee and employer to assess and provide the right level of support or adjustment.
- Not make assumptions that a person with a mental health problem will be more vulnerable to workplace stress or take more time off than any other employee or job applicant.
- Provide non-judgemental and proactive support to staff who experience mental health problems or who care for a family member affected by a mental health problem.
- Ensure all managers have information and training about managing employees affected by mental health problems or caring for someone affected.
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