Understanding Mental Health
A 2015 survey found that 71% of employees report concern with psychological health and safety in their workplace, including 14 percent who reported their workplace was psychologically unhealthy and unsafe. Depression, anxiety, and stress are among the leading causes of workplace disability.
Confronting the Stigma
If not addressed, the impact of mental health problems will cost businesses almost 200 billion dollars in lost productivity over the next 30 years. To avoid stigmatization, people conceal their struggles and delay seeking health care. Talking about mental health with coworkers, family, and friends opens up the conversation.
Addressing psychological health and safety
Just as addressing physical health and safety is critically important, so is addressing psychological health and safety. In so doing, organizations will improve their workforce’s stability, productivity, morale, quality of working life, and reduce productivity costs. The number one thing individuals can do to address mental health is to talk about it with others.