New research has shown that despite mental health leave being available for workers, more than half of employees are reluctant to take it.
This is largely due to a fear of the repercussions for taking mental health leave, with 55 per cent of people in the SEEK survey confirming they have avoided taking leave, despite needing it.
Of those surveyed, 72 per cent believed that their workplace had a negative impact on their mental health.
Reasons for this included not being recognised for extra effort (40 per cent), job security concerns (38 per cent), and the feeling that longer work hours were expected (37 per cent).
Some ideas to rectify this include flexible work arrangements, which more than half of those surveyed supported, and a dedicated mental health team or exercise programs.