Why We Need To Talk About Mental Health In The Workplace
The discourse surrounding mental health is becoming more open and diverse with each passing year.
People are now stepping forward to discuss how mental health can affect them in a number of different places including school, university and at home.
Despite these great strides in the right direction, there is still little being done to support people who are struggling with their mental health in the workplace.
So, why is it that people are so afraid to talk about mental health at work?
Is it because they are fearful of being ridiculed or as being seen as weak by their colleagues?
Do they think that an admission of a mental health concern may stand in their way of getting that promotion?
Whatever it is, it’s time us to make a change and have a real discussion about mental health in the workplace, and here’s why.
It will boost people’s confidence and productivity
There is no worse feeling than bottling something up and feeling as though you can’t talk to anyone about what it is that’s bothering you.
By discussing mental health, we are aiding people in living more happy and fulfilled lives because they have finally been given a platform to discuss what it is that’s worrying them.
Furthermore, keeping negative feelings inside leads to a lot of inner-turmoil, and this can impact negatively on people’s performance in the workplace.
If we don’t allow for open discussions, we are standing in the way of people’s career progression and future aspirations.
It helps to break the stigma
Every time mental health in the workplace is ignored, it contributes to the negative stigma that has been built up over the years.
By allowing for free and honest conversations, the situation is normalised and we create a culture of acceptance where people know that they can be honest about their thoughts and feelings.
By doing so we improve people’s mental health
When we refuse to discuss mental health and its impact on people’s lives, we create a wall between us and them, and this can leave people feeling isolated.
Feelings of isolation can lead to depression and social anxiety, so by talking to people about their mental health in an open and friendly way, we are promoting inclusion and in turn alleviating some of the struggles that people have.