Why we should be talking more about mental health in the workplace

Mental healthHealth TipsOctober 12, 2023

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Workplaces in 2023 are becoming increasingly inclusive, diverse, and equal, but many companies are finding themselves in over their heads when it comes to mental health. Protecting the mental wellbeing of employees and management is not a subject to be taken lightly. Mental health awareness is a very important topic, and with the right support, companies can lessen sick days, improve work value and productivity, and protect their employees.

Here are 4 reasons why we should be talking more about mental health at work:

1. We all have our own struggles

Even though workplace struggles might seem similar on the surface, there is not one definite way to handle the everyone’s issues. To create a more inclusive and safe space for everyone, it’s important to take a more individualized approach to mental wellbeing. Someone once said, ‘We are in the same storm, but not in the same boat’, and when we talk about our mental health together, we can foster greater understanding and acceptance between one another.

2. These things take time

As the world changes, people can struggle to adjust. Whether it is learning how to work remotely, or having conversations about gender fluidity, racism, diversity, and inclusion, we all learn and grow at different speeds. Open conversations around mental health can help individuals who are struggling by creating an empathetic environment. Humans adjust best when they learn at their pace, in their own way, and if they feel it is beneficial to themselves. Important conversations had in a safe environment are likely to feel more meaningful and can help expand the mindset of employees for a safer and more effective working environment.

3. Different strokes for different folks

Although workshops with generic points and slide shows can sometimes be effective, it’s more likely that they turn employees away from the topic. We are not a unified herd who learn and receive information all the same way. By encouraging open conversations, we can create more intimate and empathetic work environments. Taking an individual approach also allows us to find more specific solutions to help improve the wellbeing of employees. While yoga and meditation are effective, there are some occasions that require a more tailored approach.

4. Mental health is complex

Creating wellbeing programs that promote a healthy and inclusive workplace is complex and should be navigated and aided by someone who knows how the mind works, such as a Mental Health and Behavioral Specialist. There is a science to the mind and how it works, and trained professionals can help us to better understand ourselves and our colleagues. By being realistic about the struggles of their employees and providing solutions that help them, businesses can create working environments that feel safer, more accepting, and ultimately more productive.

Charlene Schmahl

LiveWell focuses on a holistic approach, separating wellbeing into four pillars essential for maintaining our overall health. We treat physical, mental, social, and financial health as key to building a complete state of health.