This guide helps CEOs and organisations design ‘good work’ that protects workers from risks to mental wellbeing that arise in the workplace.

About the Protecting Mental Wellbeing at Work Guide

This guide explains why protecting the mental wellbeing of workers is the leader’s work. It identifies work-related factors that can harm, or protect, mental wellbeing at work. It supports organisations to protect workers by increasing ‘good work’ and reducing ‘toxic work’. The guide is in two parts:

  • The Guide includes a framework that outlines how various work-related factors affect mental wellbeing. It also includes a workbook that outlines a process organisations can use with their people to identify specific factors affecting mental wellbeing, and how work could be redesigned to reduce harm and enhance wellbeing. Download a copy below.

  • The workbook supports you to work through the process. Download a copy below. 

Take a look at those organisations successfully using the Protect Guide

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

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June 2022 Protecting Mental Wellbeing Guide v2 PDF • 1 MB
Oct 2022 Updated MWBD workbook PDF • 123 KB
Psychosocial Risks A Wicked Challenge PDF • 362 KB
"Mental wellbeing is not a matter of luck but a matter of design. It requires a deliberate effort to control psychosocial risks and build in the protective factors associated with ‘good work’."