Is mental health in the workplace that important?

If you’ve ever searched for mental health related questions e.g. B. “Why mental health matters?” You’ve probably found a staggering amount of information, but before you even typed the first few letters of this question, you already knew the answer, right?

At the gut level, we know mental health matters and we know why.

  • You or someone you care about is struggling…

  • Mental health matters because it’s personal…

  • Mental health is important for overall well-being…

One such aspect is mental health in the workplace.

Why is mental health important in the workplace?

“We often live and work in the same room. Isn’t it then only natural that we bring our emotions to work and vice versa?” According to a study by Metlife, November 2021, 72% of employers say stress and burnout is a problem for their company and 84% of the Employees have experienced at least one psychological challenge in the recent past.

Whose responsibility is it?

Mental health has become a growing concern in the workplace since the pandemic began. Gone are the days when it was just a tick in the box. Nowadays it is at the top for everyone as it has emerged as a necessity and no longer good to have one.

“Whose responsibility, isn’t it? The executives? The staff? But aren’t we all?

Each of us plays an important role in promoting well-being in every area of ​​our lives. A leader is an enabler of emotional well-being in the workplace and we should all drive this forward together as allies.

I believe modeling is an important form of support and advocacy to promote mental health and emotional well-being in the workplace. It starts at the top of the hierarchy, allowing modeling transparency and extending reachability.

How can I be an ally?

When one of your co-workers has returned to work after breaking a leg, there is less room to think twice about how you would support them to make their life at work comfortable. We are insecure when it comes to helping someone with a mental health issue.

SIMPLE BUT EFFECTIVE – The right knowledge helps us listen to someone going through an emotional distress. Being empathetic, compassionate, and with a non-judgmental attitude can help us help someone who needs that support. I have learned and understood working at 1to1help serving 800+ clients in PAN India that the number of people in need of help and the number of people with the urge to help someone is insurmountable.

While connection is important and the need of the hour, taking care of yourself is just as important. This can make a huge difference to your mental health – at work and beyond. These are also aspects of your life that you have more control over than many other things. The more effort you put into self-care, the better you will feel and the more connected you will become.

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