With an estimated one in eight people globally living with a mental disorder (WHO, 2022), now is the time to get people talking about mental health. World Mental Health Day is a great opportunity for businesses to engage their employees in the conversation.
In recent years, we have seen positive steps made by employers to consider their people’s mental health as well as their physical health, and to make conversations about mental health more commonplace at work.
However, a bigger cultural shift is needed within businesses to make sure an environment is created where mental health can be discussed openly without fear of judgement.
To do this, all employees, irrelevant of seniority or mental health experience, need further education to understand what mental health is, how to look after your own mental health, to recognise the signs of poor mental health and to offer support to others who are struggling.