New Standard for Employing People with Mental Health Issues

Fri Apr 21, 2017

An Australian not-for-profit service provider has “set a new standard” for employing people with mental health issues after actively seeking people with a lived experience to take up roles.

Following a three-year targeted campaign Flourish Australia has achieved a “breakthrough” in mental health employment by hiring 350 people who identify as living with a mental health issue, making up half of its 700-strong workforce.

According to the organisation, which provides programs, employment and accommodation for people with mental health issues in New South Wales and Queensland, no other organisation in Australia employs so many people with mental health issues.

Flourish Australia CEO Pamela Rutledge said they wanted to demonstrate that people with a mental health issue have the skills, knowledge and experience to contribute to any workplace, despite so often being neglected in the labour market.

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