Link June 2017 Vol 26 Issue 3 - Page 8

news in the news jobs for people with mental health issues Mental health support provider of roles in any organisation and Flourish Australia has hired 350 perform with distinction.” a mental health issue. Flourish Australia inclusion people with a lived experience of manager and NSW Deputy Mental The initiative, believed to be an Health Commissioner Fay Jackson – Australian-first, follows three years who lives with her own mental of targeted recruiting for a range health issues – is hopeful the of positions, including executive outcome will prompt employers management roles through to part- across Australia to take on workers time support roles. with mental illness. Flourish Australia chief executive “Our door is open for any officer Pamela Rutledge said the employer who wants to see how result demonstrates that people successful employing people with with a mental health issue have the mental health issues can be,” skills, knowledge and experience Ms Jackson said. to contribute to any workplace, despite often being neglected in “We can show very quickly that the labour market. people with a mental he