Mental health awareness in the workplace

May is Mental Health Awareness Month, the goal of which is to fight stigma, provide support, educate the public, and advocate for policies that support people with mental illness and their families. Mental health can be a difficult topic to broach, especially in a professional environment, but ensuring members of your organization have support in this area is crucial to your organization’s success. 1 in 5 adults will experience mental illness this year. In addition, 71% of adults reported experiencing at least one symptom of stress, such as a headache or feeling overwhelmed or anxious.

Implementing a workplace wellness program can help identify those at risk and connect them to treatment. By putting support systems in place to help people reduce and manage stress and addressing mental health issues in the workplace, employers can reduce health care costs for their businesses and employees.

Poor mental health and stress can negatively affect employees in many ways such as:

  • Job performance and productivity.
  • Engagement with work.
  • Communication with coworkers.
  • Physical capability and daily functioning.

Take the course Mental Health Awareness, by OpenSesame course publisher Litmos Heroes,  to learn valuable guidelines for providing support to individuals with mental illness. It discusses best practices for early detection, reporting concerns, adapting care, and developing the right attitude.

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