In Australia, it’s estimated that 45 percent of people will experience a mental health condition in their lifetime; in any one year, around 1 million Australian adults have depression, and over 2 million have anxiety (Beyond Blue). The Australian Human Rights Commission asserts that one in five Australian adults will experience a mental illness in any given year. The full extent of mental stress in Australian workplaces is not fully known, as not all workers seek or receive compensation, however the highest occupation with claims for workplace mental stress are professionals (Safe Work Australia, 2013).
Leith was involved in the first corporate pilot of Smiling Mind- a mindfulness meditation corporate app delivering results in reducing employee stress. Mindfulness is cultivating focus on the present moment- leading with presence and connection. This state of awareness enables more effective ways of working- tackling stress and disconnection. Absenteeism linked to stress is impacting the Australian economy over $14 billion a year (Medibank Private, 2008). The full extent of mental stress in Australian workplaces is not fully known as not all workers apply for or receive compensation, however the highest occupation with claims for workplace mental stress are professionals (Safe Work Australia, 2013). Mindfulness meditation commences the physiological response known as the relaxation response (RR) lowering with stress and helping reduce burnout. The technique enables individuals to cultivate positive emotions and cultivate improved connection to others as a result. A regular practice of mindfulness enables individuals to observe thought patterns, reshape those thought patterns over time, and reduce the stress response. Mindfulness is the antithesis of distraction and multi-tasking. Companies around the world including IBM, Google, Facebook provide mindfulness programs in the workplace.
Mitchell Services offers:
- Mindfulness training through in-house tailored solutions and short workshops with a minimum of 15 participants.