When you book a MIEACT mental health program for your workplace you are also making an important contribution to providing free mental health education to ACT youth.

The cost of mental illness in the workplace

Today, 1 in 4 people will experience mental ill-health each year. Considering, most people will spend one-third of their adult lives at work that is a significant impact on the mental health of the workforce.

It is estimated that 1 in 5 employees have missed work due to a mental health condition in the past 12 months and the resulting costs to individual businesses and the economy is a serious cause for concern. This equates to a loss of $10.9 billion per year including $4.7 billion in absenteeism and $6.1 billion in presenteeism.

Fortunately, research has also demonstrated the benefits for businesses when they support peoples’ mental health. The World Health Organisation has estimated that for every $1 invested into the treatment and support of mental health disorders sees a return of $4 in improved health and productivity.

A mentally healthy workplace is a productive workplace.

We know that 75% of all mental illnesses emerge between 12 and 25 years of age. We believe that free mental illness education for youth is vital. Equipping our children with knowledge and strategies to manage their own mental health will directly affect their own well-being and their ability to perform in their future workplaces.

These workplaces are your workplaces.

Mental health in the Australian workplace


of Australian workers feel stressed about work

1 in 5

currently experience a mental health condition in the workplace


of people who have a mental illness in workplace experience stigma

How Pay-it-forward works:


a MIEACT adult education program for your workplace


a MIEACT adult education program for your workplace


For every $300 spent, MIEACT will reach 30 youths with free mental health education


MIEACT will acknowledge your support in our annual report, on our website and in our monthly newsletter.


You have now contributed to the well-being of youths in the ACT and your future employees

Thank you to these organisations for Paying-it-forward