Date posted: 10/10/2018 1 min read

Chartered Accountants challenge the stigma surrounding mental health

Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CA ANZ) is proud to once again be supporting the World Health Organization’s World Mental Health Day.

Held on 10 October worldwide, CA ANZ will support a collective effort to help combat the stigma surrounding mental health.

Mental health issues affect one in five Australians at one point in their lifetime. This year’s theme Do You See What I See? reinforces the need to break down barriers and get people talking about their struggles.

“We need to look at mental health with more compassion and greater acceptance, to extend a connection and let people know they are not alone,” said CA ANZ President Jane Stanton.

“Discussions about mental health are not something that communities or organisations should shy away from.

“We’re increasingly seeing people acknowledge mental health as part of a person’s overall wellbeing, recognising that tending to mental health is just as important as our physical health.

”World Mental Health Day is an initiative of the World Health Organization, a day that CA ANZ acknowledges with pride and without prejudice. 

“Chartered Accountants are trusted advisors, and when times  are difficult, it can be immensely stressful for our clients.

“That is why Chartered Accountants are so important in their communities; they can be in a position to help someone seek help, particularly because other issues can lead to financial difficulties.

“Our profession can demand a lot from us, and therefore it is important that our professional body provides the right support tools and resources so members can have that conversation.

“The organisation aids members professionally, but is also there to assist us personally, to help them manage their own wellbeing and support them through their struggles. As a profession, we also support each other.

“A wonderful example of this is the Chartered Accountants Advisory Group (CAAG) where senior members provide free, confidential guidance to help their fellow members facing challenging ethical situations at work or important career decisions.”

“Breaking down the negative connotations isn’t necessarily easy, but this is a light that needs to be shone, to help those struggling find more ways to get the help they need.”

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