Mental health has become a vital topic that most people on all social media platforms always discuss. There are many entities that have been raising awareness regarding this matter and we have seen many creatives creating content to educate people about mental health.
Even though mental health is an important topic that people should learn about, we barely see any company educate its employees about their mental health and mental illness. As much as we always try to focus on work and ignore our mental health, we should be aware that it affects us negatively.
So, no matter how hard you try not to let your mental state affect your performance, at a certain point, it will.
So, raising awareness regarding mental health in workplaces has many benefits.
1- Creating A Better Work Environment
When employees know more about their mental health, they will start paying attention to any negative feelings they experience.
This will help them identify what they are struggling with and start seeking help to get better. When your employees are in a good mental state and taking care of their mental health, over time you will find that the company’s environment became healthy.
As a manager or a business owner, you should also encourage your employees to seek help or even talk to you when needed. You should also be considerate and understand what they are going through and provide help if they need it.
2- Educating Employees
When you provide your employees with proper education regarding this matter, you will open their eyes to a new part of their lives.
Some people form the wrong thoughts about themselves; some might think they suffer from severe depression while others think they’re fine when they, in fact, suffer from depression.
Therefore, educating them about mental health will guide them to notice their symptoms and find out what they are going through and how to identify it, whether it’s depression or any other illness.
This will have a reflection on the workplace and it might enhance the relationship between employees.
3- A Good Reputation For Your Company
Companies that promote taking care of one’s mental health means it cares about their employees.
Caring about employees is one of the best qualities that distinguishes any company from another; in fact, it gives it a good reputation, which can attract more future employees. Also, this way the company is playing an important role in helping the community and making a difference.
Helping the community and having a vital role in it can also be one of the factors that give a company a good reputation.
4- Better Communication
When you raise awareness about mental health, you will be forming a new way of communication.
This will be an opportunity to get closer to your employees and get to know them well. Also, it will help create a new bond between you and them and between themselves as a team.
As it was mentioned earlier, it will help create a better working environment, hence it will help enhance the communication and makes it better.
Employees will start being more considerate so you will notice a change in the overall attitude and when they realize this change, it will raise their morale and enhance their mental state.
5- Better Performance, Better Productivity
When you help your team to get to know themselves and help them get better, you will find a positive change in their personality.
This will reflect on their performance and productivity. Knowing that their manager understands what they’re going through will make them feel safe and less anxious, they know you understand the circumstances.
How To Raise Awareness
There are many platforms that you can collaborate with to educate your employees.
You can collaborate with any medical platform that can provide you with a therapist to create sessions for your employees. Also, some companies have collaborated with therapists to talk to their employees and give general diagnoses.
You can also encourage them to talk and to speak up when they’re going through a breakdown to get the proper help.
Companies need to understand how important mental health is and they should be providing the proper help to their employees who might be suffering in silence.
Mental health should be taken more seriously.