Workplace mental health is a growing concern. Despite growing awareness, mental health issues are still stigmatised. Mental health is often taboo, unlike physical health. This makes it hard for people to seek help and for others to comprehend how to help.
Making Mental Health Open
Amanda and the speaker discuss workplace mental health openness. Start the dialogue and urge staff to share their stories. Mental health is taboo for both sufferers and coworkers. Mental health issues are commonly misunderstood. Empathy and support should replace judgement and fear in the discourse.
Mental Health Awareness
Everyone has mental health, regardless of diagnosis. Mental health is as vital as physical health, and everyone should prioritise their well-being by maintaining their mental health. One person’s tale emphasises mental health awareness and seeking treatment. Despite referring others to counselling, the person was ashamed to admit they needed help after fatigue and mental health difficulties.
Burnout is career-related stress, unlike sadness or anxiety, which affects all parts of life. Burnout symptoms include apathy, dread, and job dissatisfaction. Ignoring these indications can lead to more serious mental health difficulties.
Supporting Workplace Culture
With generational views on mental illness, workplace mental health is a problem. Leaders and HR professionals must normalise mental illness and treat it like a physical disease. Some countries have psychosocial workplace laws, and there is a drive to have annual mental health check-ups like physical ones. “Before stage four” underlines the necessity of addressing mental health concerns before they become critical.
Reducing Mental Health Shame
After presenting their shame tale and overcoming it, the speaker considers the favourable response. They thank people for their admiration and courage in expressing their challenges. They believe normalising challenging things remove shame. Despite their initial fears, they have not lost their employment or clientele, and their children still like them. The speaker feels they have evolved and learnt from their experiences and now own Leadingpurpose, which coaches, trains, and consults organisations to empower their staff and increase revenue.
Diversity, Equality, and Inclusion (DEI)
The speaker also recalls a DEI committee meeting where mental health was questioned. DEI, which values differences and promotes connection and belonging for all, including those with mental health issues, was better understood after the dialogue. The speaker feels that DEI should include mental health since it is a vital element of diversity and everyone should be valued and supported regardless of their mental health. Organizations can establish a more inclusive and supportive workplace culture by addressing mental health in DEI conversations.
John is the Amazon bestselling author of Winning the Battle for Sales: Lessons on Closing Every Deal from the World’s Greatest Military Victories and Social Upheaval: How to Win at Social Selling. A globally acknowledged Sales & Marketing thought leader, speaker, and strategist. He is CSMO at Pipeliner CRM. In his spare time, John is an avid Martial Artist.