1. Why care about mental health in the workplace?

Workplace can be strong contributor to mental wellbeing, giving people opportunity to feel productive and achieve their potential. It can provide:

  • Structure and routine
  • Social contact
  • Participating in collective efforts
  • A sense of purpose
  • Social and personal identity
  • Regular activity

However, the workplace can also be a stressful environment that can contribute to the rise of mental health problems

A large percentage of the world’s population spends one-third of their adult life at work

With mental illness as prevalent as it is, employers are likely to encounter mental illness in the workplace in some way

2. The cost of mental illness

Survey of mental disorders in SA showed lost earnings among adults with severe mental illness during previous 12 months amounted to R28.8 billion

This outweighs direct spending on mental health care for adults (of approximately R472 million)

It costs South Africa more to not treat mental illness than to treat it

3. Poor mental health and its impact

SAFMH training programmes

Our training packages:

are designed around ongoing needs analyses and practical experiences in terms of mental health needs in the workplace

address a variety of mental health challenges in the workplace

help organisations raise mental health awareness in their working environments

help organisations adapt and promote good mental wellbeing for their employees

help employers address the impact and the cost of mental health in their workplace

highlight how a negative work environment and unmanaged mental health can impact on productivity

help managers and employees understand mental health, stress, disability, stigma and discrimination and reasonable accommodation

provide an insight on looking after people’s mental health and how to promote mental wellbeing

Through our training packages, employers:

will learn how unmanaged mental health can impact on the organisation

will become more knowledgeable about mental illnesses and the role of stigma and discrimination in the workplace

will become more knowledgeable about reasonable accommodation measures

will develop an understanding of disclosure vs non-disclosure of mental illness

will develop an understanding on how to contribute to mental wellbeing within the organisation



Standard 1-hour presentations
Customised presentation (at additional costs)


Half day workshops (4 hours)
Full day workshops (8 hours)
Customised workshops (at additional costs)


Half day exhibitions (4 hours)
Full day exhibitions (8 hours)

Training packages offered by SAFMH

SAFMH training programmes

Mental health in the workplace… The story so far

1 in 4 people will experience mental illness in their lifetime (WHO, 2001) and as much as 20% of people in the workplace have a mental illness at any given time. There is a lot of stigma and misinformation about mental health, which creates a barrier for individuals to seek help, seek training interventions and support

Whilst SAFMH recognises the importance of considering the unique challenges, needs and varying contextual realities of different organisations, and to be adaptable to these factors, we place a high value on providing targeted and consistent information that speaks to as wide a range of audiences as possible. With our training packages, SAFMH is always seeking opportunities venture into new territory and communities to impact change and bring awareness to mental health. Over the past two years, through direct service delivery, partnerships and collaborations, we have provided trainings, exhibitions, presentations, workshops and taster sessions to a variety of corporates, government entities, public and private schools, institutions of higher learning and religious organisations.

Clients who trust SAFMH

For more information
Submit the form below or give us a call on +27 (0) 11 781 1852

    COVID-19 Corona Virus South African Resource Portal

    Please visit the COVID-19 Corona Virus South African Resource Portal at www.sacoronavirus.co.za. Alternatively contact the Emergency Hotline: 0800 029 999 or the WhatsApp Support Line: 0600 123456