Mental health is a state of well-being in which an individual can cope with everyday stressors, work productively, reach his or her full potential, and contribute to their community.
No one is immune to mental health problems. People at all levels of social, occupational, or economic status can experience mental breakdown. Mental health is just as essential as physical health. Normalizing the conversation about it empowers people to talk about it and get the help they need.
It is associated with decreased productivity, mood irritability leading to increased interpersonal conflict, and short-term and long-term disability.
Talking about mental health isn’t easy, but it definitely matters. Here are 4 reasons mental health needs to be discussed at the work place:
1. To Encourage Care And Support – Talking about mental health, in general,
encourages people to seek treatment, especially once they realize they are not alone. The more they talk about it, the more likely they’ll feel comfortable seeking care and support.
2. To Maintain Good Mental Health – Discussing mental health issues can help encourage us to maintain our mental well-being on a regular basis. Discussions that include tips or information on how to care for our mental health and well being can benefit everyone, whether we struggle with occasional mental health issues or a severe mental health disorder.
3. To Break the Stigma of Mental Health Disorder – There is still stigma surrounding mental health. By revealing issues, people fear becoming isolated, viewed as abnormal, and considered unfit for the job. Employers have an essential role to play in supporting employees with education about mental health and creating an open dialogue.
4. To Encourage a Healthy Life-Work Balance – In order to promote efficiency at the workplace, people need to be strive for excellence. This cannot be achieved when they experience burnout and stress. Paying attention to mental health issues encourages flexible work schedules, family time, vacations and holiday breaks.
Finally, the workplace is an essential part of our lives and it is important we create a safe and healthy work environment for everyone including providing resources that supports people. This will include having a well-trained human resource department and mental health experts available to support anytime.