Almost half of Australian workers have left a job because it was mentally unhealthy and workplace mental health is ranked second only to pay as the most important factor when choosing a new job, a new survey has shown.

The researchers surveyed over 1000 Australian workers and found not only do they value mentally healthy workplaces above things such as workplace culture and commuting time, they will leave a job if it impacts negatively on their mental health.

The survey has been released as part of Heads Up, an Australian-first campaign launched by beyondblue and the Mentally Healthy Workplace Alliance last month to encourage business leaders to take action in the workplace on mental health problems such as depression and anxiety.

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