Opinion | Mental health in the Upper Hunter | Will Rifkin

WORKING LIFE: HRF focus on health and wellbeing.
WORKING LIFE: HRF focus on health and wellbeing.

Declining job security and unemployment have a negative impact on the sense of wellbeing among Hunter residents.

Upper Hunter residents had lower levels of wellbeing than Hunter residents according to Hunter Research Foundation (HRF) Centre research. That suggests that they are more likely to be experiencing stress, depression, or mental illness. 

Between 20 and 30 per cent of the workforce are estimated to suffer from a serious mental health problem at some point during their working life.

Suicide and non-fatal suicide behaviours in Australia are undertaken by 15,000 workers annually, according to Central Queensland University research. Suicide is a major cause of death among Australians of working age.

Health and wellbeing will be explored at the HRF Centre’s coming Upper Hunter economic breakfast.

The breakfast will be held at Muswellbrook RSL on Wednesday, March 14.

Professor Will Rifkin

Director, HRF Centre