Aptus is committed to addressing and providing lasting contributions towards issues around us. Behind our work, we aspire to use our voice and address these challenges we witness in society. A fundamental element of what we stand for is the well-being of people. Working with people every day, and we recognise the importance of a safe and healthy community. Our initiatives thus far have been supporting people with mental health issues, the safety of bushfire victims, and the underprivileged.
Mental Health Awareness in Property Survey 2020
Mental health issues are becoming increasingly prevalent in Australian workforces. Aptus wanted to understand the extent of mental health illness in the property sector, the level of awareness, and if employers are providing adequate support.
Aptus is going to upskill several of our staff to be qualified Mental Health First Aiders. In addition, we have invited 10 of our clients from global consulting engineering firms to boutique engineer groups to join us. This has prompted Aptus to run a survey over 2 weeks (5/2-18/2) to help promote the need for Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) training in the Property sector. As such, we hope to encourage as many employers to train their staff in this area as well.
What have we achieved?
We achieved our first goal – we got people talking (and sharing).
It is important to us that people who are suffering from mental health issues have faith. We want people to believe that they are not alone. From this survey, we see that people in the industry are acknowledging that workplace stress and pressure are resulting in mental health issues. Evidently, this happens far too often to many people. Often times, it has a long-lasting, severe impact on people’s personal and professional lives.
Above all, we listened. Aptus believes that by listening and talking about mental health issues, we can make a bigger difference in the industry together.
Thank you to those who took part. Your input has been very important to us and has helped us start discussions on mental health conditions in the workplace.
Aptus has chosen to donate $1000 to the Gippsland Emergency Relief Fund (GERF) and RSPCA Victoria who have been supporting impacted families and animals during this tough time.
This has gone towards providing financial assistance and immediate support for Gippsland residents and affected animals. Many residents in Gippsland have lost their homes or had their property damaged. Animals affected by the fires also require treatment, and funds also go towards the long-term rescue of animals affected by the fires.
Help residents getting back on their feet: gerf.org.au
Help vulnerable animals in need: rspcavic.org