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October 09, 2019

The Mental Health Month is held annually each October together with the World Mental Health Day which is observed every 10th of the month. These kinds of international awareness events help raise awareness among communities about various mental health issues.

It also helps increase the understanding of the public about the efforts that they can do to help their loved ones, family, friends, and workmates to reach out and connect to them with regards to their mental health. Connecting with others can help anyone feel secure and happy.

The focus of the 2019 World Mental Health Day is suicide prevention and to decrease suicide rates across the globe. Let us all support fewer suicides and better mental health by connecting to our loved ones, family, friends and colleagues.

Every 40 seconds, someone loses their life because of suicide. Some of the mental health issues that are common nowadays are depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, bipolar and other mental health conditions. Good thing, individuals who have mental health conditions can recover from it. 

 

Mental Health Stigma in the Workplace

In a global impact study into workplace mental health conducted by New York-listed telemedicine company TelaDoc Health, 3,894 workers from the United Kingdom, United States, Canada, and Australia, it has been revealed that 82% of employees who were previously diagnosed with a mental health condition did not disclose their difficulties in workplace management because of mental health stigma and the fear of the negative impact on their career. 

Moreover, among those workers who have experienced poor mental health and received support in the past, 71% of them have acknowledged that the most effective solution for feeling better was the access to professional mental health support in their workplace.

Strengthening mental health care systems is imperative and should be implemented anywhere across the globe. Employers should also create a good and safe working environment, where employees know they can seek help if they need to. Reaching out to your colleagues and sharing your stories with each other can make a difference. 

 

Factors for a Healthy and Safe Workplace Environment

Here are some of the workplace factors that can help promote mental health and safety:

  • consideration of employees' suggestions and opinions
  • effective leadership and training availability 
  • opportunities for growth and development
  • psychological support and services 
  • recognition and acknowledgment 
  • zero tolerance for discrimination 
  • recognition to work-life balance
  • positive workplace culture
  • respect and courtesy
  • manageable workloads

Here are some of the factors that will help encourage employees to come to work every working day. If these components were met, both the employers and employees will benefit from it, employees will be productive and the business will keep growing. The mental wellness of people at work will help enhance personal as well as organizational success.

 

Connect with your Colleagues. Share your Story.

In a book entitled "Peace, Love & Healing" written by Dr. Bernie Siegel, he said that people who meditated, as well as those who confided traumatic experiences to diaries and other outlets rather than repressing them, were shown to have enhanced immune function. This shows that it is better to connect to other people and share your stories with them than hiding such experiences on your own. 

There are a lot of people we know in our lives, from our family, friends, and colleagues who are struggling with a mental health issue, but most of them feel uncomfortable to open up and disclose their concerns because of the fear of being judged negatively. Let us start breaking the stigma of mental illness in the workplace. Connect with your colleagues and start sharing your story. 

You can also contact your healthcare practitioner or support services like:

Disclaimer: The vitamin health information published on this web page is solely intended for educational purposes. VitaminsOnly strongly recommends to consult health care professionals for any questions concerning your health. 

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