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It’s time to talk about mental health in the workplace

It’s time to talk about mental health in the workplace

World Mental Health Day

Mental health is a global issue, with one in five people living with a mental health condition. In high-income countries, over 75% of people with depression reported they do not receive adequate care, and in low- and middle-income countries, over 75 % of people with mental health conditions receive no treatment. The COVID-19 pandemic only made things worse. 

Why is mental health important in the workplace? 

Mental health can impact business by affecting employee engagement, work performance, and workplace culture.    

  • Employees who are struggling with mental health challenges are less likely to be engaged in their work. They may be more likely to take sick days, have difficulty concentrating, and be less productive. 
  • Mental health challenges can also impact work performance. Employees dealing with mental health problems may have difficulty meeting deadlines, making decisions, and working effectively with others. 
  • Mental health challenges can also create a negative workplace culture. Employees who are struggling may be more likely to experience conflict with colleagues, and they may be less likely to feel supported by their managers. 

A recent World Health Organization-led study estimates that depression and anxiety disorders cost the global economy 1 trillion US dollars each year in lost productivity. This is a significant cost to businesses, and it is important to invest in programs and initiatives that support the mental health of employees. 

What can organizations do to support mental health in the workplace? 

  • Raise awareness: Organizations can play a leading role in raising awareness about mental health in the workplace. This can be done through training, wellness events, and partnerships with mental health organizations. 
  • Create a supportive culture: Create a supportive culture where employees feel comfortable talking about their mental health. This can be done by creating a safe space for employees to share their experiences, and by providing resources and support to those who need it. 
  • Lead by example: Leaders can set the tone by talking about their own mental health experiences and by demonstrating that it is okay to take care of yourself. 

We all have a role to play in supporting mental health in the workplace. Here are a few things you can do: 

  • Talk about mental health: The more we talk about mental health, the more we can reduce stigma and create a supportive culture. 
  • Be supportive of your colleagues: If you know someone who is struggling with mental health challenges, let them know that you are there for them. Listen to them without judgment and offer your help and support. 
  • Take care of yourself: It is important to take care of your own mental health. Make sure to get enough sleep, eat healthy foods, and exercise regularly. Also, find time for activities that you enjoy and that help you relax and de-stress. 

 World Mental Health Day 2023 is an opportunity for people and communities to unite behind the theme mental health is a universal human right” to improve knowledge, raise awareness, and drive actions that promote and protect everyone’s mental health as a universal human right. 

A solid ethical culture requires all employees to be comfortable with raising concerns, and managers who are skilled to effectively receive and respond to these concerns. Syntrio’s Hotline Learning Program complements existing hotline services with a modern suite of learning and communication tools to help enable managers to develop effective listening competencies to respond appropriately and improve productivity.  

Contact us to learn more about how we can partner with you to raise awareness about mental health and commit to creating a healthier workplace.  

Let’s partner with you to raise awareness about mental health and commit to creating a healthier workplace.

Vanessa is a marketing leader with 20+ years of experience in education and compliance. She specializes in optimizing marketing processes, implementing automation strategies, and driving demand. Vanessa helps businesses surpass expectations and achieve success.

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