3 Steps To Manage Mental Health In The Workplace

Discussing mental health in your organization can cause a chain reaction.

Mental Health is the least talked about topic in the World. It’s obvious, with the growing rate of suicides, crime, and terrorism, there’s no choice, but to address this epidemic head on.

If you didn’t know, May is #MentalHealthAwarenessMonth. The month began 65 years to educate people about the consequences of poor mental health. Today, the top mental health issues include depression, personality disorders, psychosis, and schizophrenia.

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) statistics show that that 18.5% of adults will have a mental issue every year. 21.4% of adolescents (between 13–18) will experience at least one severe mental disorder in their entire lifetime. If disorders are identified early on, it provides an opportunity for individuals to lead normal lives after treatment. But, the real aim is to link ‘risky behaviors’ to underlying mental illnesses. In which is the purpose of the #MentalHealthAwarenessMonth.

Mental Health In The Workplace.

Mental health in the workplace should be a collective responsibility. Employees of a company must take responsibility to maintain good mental health practices. This includes stress relieving activities, anxiety and depression management. In fact, every manager in the organization should have adequate training to handle employees who have a mental illness. In addition, enforcing an open, positive, and productive organizational culture is a start.

Is your team or organization is discussing new ways to discuss mental health? If so, the following steps will ensure mental health management i n the workplace:

  1. Make It A Joint Effort. The topic of mental health should not be taboo. In the workplace, it must be openly discussed, but with confidentiality. For example, steps to manage stress can be distributed from the HR department to senior level managers and so on.
  2. Set Up A Business Case. Explaining mental health in the workplace does not have a one-size-fits-all discussion strategy. In fact, employees who experience mental health issues are senior managers. So, prepare to make a business case by having to support ROI advantages, data, and stats to back it up.
  3. Give Solutions. Once the business case addressed, identify the mental health indicators. Which ones are plaguing your company? A list of drivers? What impacts employees? Next, set up goals or targets via personal challenges or as a team effort.

Did you know that almost 67% of employees Worldwide never talk about mental health concerns in the workplace?

In today’s complex times, mental health discussion at a workplace must. Opting out to discussing mental health in your organization can create a vicious cycle and negative company culture. On the other hand, openly discussing mental health issues just may cause a chain reaction that can help you, your employees and organization thrive.