The 10th of October is marked by the Mental Health Foundation as World Mental Health Day and this year’s theme is that mental health is a universal human right. The status of our mental health affects, and is affected by, all other aspects of our life, including our jobs.
As reported by the Mental Health Foundation, 1 in 6.8 people experience mental health problems in the workplace. It’s important to be able to build a support system of trusted friends and family to help us through tough times but that support system could also include our colleagues.
We spend most of our time at work and it’s important to build relationships with trusted co-workers that we can talk to – but there can sometimes be a disconnect between employers and employees. Below are a few tips that can help managers connect to employees and talk about mental health:
According to a study reported on by the MHFA England, 55% of employees who had experienced symptoms of depression said work had contributed, but only 36% had confided in their managers.
It is of the utmost importance that employees feel like they can speak to their seniors about any mental health issues they are experiencing in order to get the best out of each other.
For more information about the effects of a toxic work culture on the mental health of employees, check out this episode of the Mental Health Foundation’s Let’s Talk: Mental Health podcast, titled How a Damaging Work Culture can Affect Mental Health, available of iTunes and Spotify.