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Mental Health in the Workplace

Posted on May 24, 2023 under Career & Work

Prioritizing Mental Health in the Workplace.

As we navigate through the complexities of life today, it's important that we prioritize our mental health, especially in the workplace.

These days, we're gradually moving towards less stigma and shame surrounding mental health.

For far too long, it was swept under the rug.

It was seen as taboo and shameful. Many people suffered in silence.

But companies are beginning to understand that mental health is an integral part of overall well being, and it cannot be compartmentalized at work.

If we don't feel good at home, we won't feel good at work, because we exist as the same person in both places.

The pandemic further highlighted the importance of mental health in the workplace, and really lit a fire under the mental health conversation.

As we went through unprecedented levels of stress, anxiety, and uncertainty, it became clear that we needed to prioritize our mental well being.

We've seen a greater focus on employee support and wellness initiatives as a result.

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility (DEIA):

Mental health is a part of workplace DEIA efforts (or should be).

When we talk about creating an inclusive workplace, that should include those with mental health conditions.

Anxiety and depression are two of the most common, and they can have a significant impact on our ability to function at work, most especially if there is no support or resources.

As a career coach, I also see many individuals with ADD, ADHD and other processing or executive functioning issues.

Some of the most brilliant people I know have processing issues, and didn't even know until in their 40's.

Now, it's becoming more common for adults to get assessed, and workplaces need to be supportive and accommodating. Mental health in the workplace continues to be a critical conversation.

We've made progress towards reducing stigmas, but there is still much work to be done to create a culture of support and understanding.

One where workers feel safe to disclose a mental health status to a boss – if they want to, without fear of backlash, workplace gossip or losing their job.

Share your thoughts in the comments – What steps have you seen companies take to create a more supportive and inclusive workplace that accommodates mental health needs? What changes do you wish were made?

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– Kelley Joyce, MBA, CPC

Kelley is a career development coach who is dedicated to helping people discover their career path and land their dream jobs. Kelley and her partner Josh live in New York City from which she has served hundreds of professionals across the U.S., U.K., and Australia since 2012 to radically change their relationship with work.

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