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Mental health: We all have it, and that’s OK

Reversing decades of misunderstanding is a huge task, but breaking the taboo of mental health in the workplace is not impossible, advises Sarah Winship

11 July 2017

Mental health has received significant press attention in recent months with high-profile campaigns lending much-needed support to the battle to end the stigma that surrounds it. Employers are facing increasing pressure to take steps to re-educate their workforce and encourage a safe environment in which mental health can be discussed honestly and openly. To reverse decades of learnt behaviour and misunderstanding is a huge task, but with carefully thought out steps and a sensitive approach, businesses can make huge advancements in breaking the taboo around mental health.

In many ways it is up to us as individuals to maintain our mental health in a similar way that we maintain our physical health. As an employer it is our responsibility to assist staff in the upkeep of their mental health in the same way we promote physical wellbeing through employee benefits and incentives.

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