Skillness was created to empower local businesses to provide safe workplaces and opportunities for inclusion and participation in the Hornsby area for young people between the ages of 16-35 living with, or at risk of, serious mental illness.
Work is a critical activity that creates social inclusion and as a result supports stability in mental health. Our research to date shows that social connection is a key predictor of wellbeing, health and longevity. (Holt-Lunstad, 2018)
Mental health is often overlooked as a barrier to workforce participation, but in fact it is a major issue for us all with 1 in 5 Australian workers affected by a mental health condition each year. (beyondblue and PricewaterhouseCoopers, 2014)
A literature review of the evidence into what constitutes a mentally healthy workplace found that a positive culture conducive to mental wellbeing and supporting people who experience mental health difficulties is critical, and that mentally healthy workplaces are found to be more productive, innovative and likely to recruit and retain the best and brightest people (Harvey et al, 2015).