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Supporting Mental Health in the Workplace

By: Jessica MousseauDiversity Insights
Supporting Mental Health in the Workplace

The World Health Organization reports that one in five adults in the United States experience mental health conditions. While this statistic may seem alarming, addressing mental health in the workplace is often ignored. It is an issue that significantly affects the workplace – around 12 billion working days are lost globally every year to depression and anxiety, costing US$ 1 trillion per year in lost productivity.

Think about it, the world is in turmoil. There are racial justice protests, increased incidences of racial violence, and hate crimes. While your commitment to having a diverse and inclusive workplace is important, it’s just as crucial to help your employees feel supported in these trying times.

This blog will help you learn effective ways to promote better well-being in a diverse and inclusive workplace and help employees deal with these daily challenges.

Tips for Supporting Mental Health in the Workplace

There are many ways to create a safe space for employees to feel supported at work.

1. Give employees access to valuable resources.

This creates a support system for sharing these resources and helps reduce the stigma associated with talking about mental health conditions. Additionally, ensure that managers and senior team members receive relevant training on how to approach employees facing these challenges.

2. Include Mental Wellness in Employee Benefits

Consider including confidential access to therapists or psychiatrists in your employees’ insurance policies. This will help them to afford these necessary services. Also, create confidential employee support groups where they can talk freely about how they’re feeling without worrying about judgment.

3. Promote a healthy work/life balance.

Offering flexible work hours or remote work opportunities can be especially beneficial for employees who may struggle on certain days. When employees feel valued and supported, they will be happier and more productive.

Create a Positive Change in Your Workplace

Leadership should be asking important questions involving the workforce, such as how you foster DEI in your business, and how you are engaging or receiving employee feedback. All of these factors impact the mental health in the workplace, especially those from diverse backgrounds. Regularly considering how you can improve the mental health of your diverse employees will help your entire staff to thrive.


How Is Mental Health Affected by Inclusion?

Mental health and inclusion are closely connected, as employees from diverse backgrounds can face microaggressions, lack of representation, and unconscious bias. These stressors can significantly impact their mental health.

How can we successfully work toward creating a supportive inclusive environment for mental health?

Create a safe space where employees can openly discuss their challenges without fear of being judged. By creating a nurturing environment, they will feel comfortable not only seeking support but also finding strength in sharing their personal experiences together.

How can you support a diverse and inclusive workplace?

It’s important to talk openly about microaggressions and unconscious bias. Consider implementing employee training that teaches them about the harmful effects of both.. Acknowledge holidays of all cultures and religions, creating a workplace that enjoys celebrating all people and learning about other cultures.

Ready to enhance diversity in your workplace? Try out our Diversity Calendar for inclusive events and register for our Online Diversity Training today to foster an equitable and inclusive environment.

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