What does your Business do to Support Mental Health?

What does your Business do to Support Mental Health? – 12/11/2019

Approximately two-thirds (74.2%) of Professionals claim that work is damaging their mental health. This comes as no surprise as past studies have shown that in Ireland 1 in 5 people have a mental health issue. These mental health issues vary from anxiety, depression to stress.

 

But what is Mental Health?

The World Health Organisation defines Mental Health as a state of well-being in which every individual realises his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make contribution to her or his community. Mental Health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being.

Mental Health ultimately affects how we think, feel, and act and can determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices. Mental Health can have a detrimental effect on our employees and our organisation as a whole if it isn’t proactively managed.

Research shows that one in five people felt they couldn’t go to their manager about feeling overly stressed with their work load. Additionally, to this, approximately less than half of employees diagnosed with a mental health problem avoided telling their manager. This highlights a massive breakdown in communication!

 

What can your Organisation do to help support Mental Health?

  1. Start the Conversation;

Organisations should send a clear signal to their staff that their mental health matters to your business!

It is still stigmatised that being open about your mental health problems will lead to a negative outcome. This stigma needs to be changed so that employees feel they can reach out for support if they are experiencing issues with their mental health.

 A simple way to communicate this is to explain that mental health will be treated in the same way as physical health.

  1. Provide Adjustments;

Similarly, to physical health issues, adjustments can be made to support those with mental health issues.

Employers should explore with the individual and their specific needs!

  1. Have a clear policy on welfare;

Organisations can back this commitment up with a clear mental health strategy and specific policies to ensure employees experiencing mental health problems get the support they need straight away.

If organisations do nothing, problems can spiral, with a negative impact for individuals and organisations.

 

“Mental health is just as important as physical health”

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