Why Mental Health Awareness at Workplace is so Important?

Raghav, a happy, healthy and meritorious guy always excelled in everything he did. After completing his MBA from an esteemed Business School abroad, he was hired by a top MNC at a Senior Business Development position.

Within a few months itself, it was time for him to address a strategically important business meet with one of his company’s most crucial client. His company had invested a huge amount of confidence in him, however, all came shattering down in a flick of a second!

Raghav suffered a massive panic attack 15 minutes before the start of the meeting.

This was not it! Every time he was supposed to address a crucial meeting, he suffered from a panic attack. This not only stalled his career but also had a negative impact on the organisation in terms of getting new business.

It was later found that his panic attacks started as a result of prolonged anxiety due to personal issues at home. The world thought he was one happy, healthy and an outperforming boy, whereas internally he was suffering, and he had no support within his organisation to talk about it and set things right for him.

An inclusive workplace is one where people feel able to bring their whole selves to work, and mental health has a critical part to play. According to surveys, at any one time, at least 1 in 6 employees are experiencing common mental health problems, including anxiety and depression. Employers and co-workers need to understand that Mental Health is a very critical aspect and it can greatly affect a person’s ability to engage and perform at work at a consistently high level.

It therefore becomes of utmost importance to create awareness about Mental Health & Well-being in our organisation. This also includes procedures in place to address or help anyone who is suffering from a mental health issue.

Mental Health issues lead to a demotivated, underperforming, dissatisfied employee which ultimately translates into lower productivity levels.

This is also a huge cost to employers – the recruitment and training of a new employee costs a huge sum of money. Mental Health Issues and lack of approachability to superiors to even discuss such issues can not only lead to poor performance over a period of time, but also attrition. More than 50% of employees report feeling too scared or embarrassed to admit taking time out for mental health reasons. Hence, it’s extremely crucial for every business to ensure that they have a Mental Health Strategy in place.

True Leadership is to create a conducive environment for growth by imbibing good practices and supporting and empowering your team through thick and thin.

We help organisations create this culture through our Mental Health & Wellbeing Awareness & Support Programmes. With the Mental Health Awareness Day approaching soon on October 10th, let us take the opportunity to create yet another difference in the lives of our people and the culture of our organisation.

For any queries, you may write to me at themindspring.org@gmail.com.

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