The study, titled 'The Elephant in the Boardroom: Getting Mentally Fit for Work', was led by Graeme Cowen, who along with his colleagues, surveyed over 4,000 Australians suffering from depression and stress disorders and found that over 86 percent of them were willing to keep quiet about their problems rather than informing them to their co-workers.
Almost 90 percent of them said that equating mental health disorders with physical illnesses could reduce the stigma in the workplace associated with mental illnesses while 79 percent said that they would like to see a mental health policy that addressed the rights of employees and prevented discrimination against a person suffering from mental illness.
"One of the things is having a manager or people around them who seem to care about them as a person. Having emotional support is perhaps the most important thing. Organizations need to make available easy to find, anonymously accessed, resources and information. I have never seen stress levels higher amongst Australian employees", Cowan said.