Mental health is a topic that has been making headlines recently, but many of us still don’t understand the basics. For example, one significant difference between those who experience mental illness and others at work is how they communicate with co-workers. People with experiences like this will often exhibit signs such as frustration or withdrawal from friends/family members outside their workspace, which can create problems for entire teams if left unchecked over time.

With this in mind, employers need to recognise and address mental health issues in the workplace. By creating a supportive and understanding work environment, businesses can help employees struggling with anxiety or depression regain control over their mental state and become productive team members. By acknowledging mental health issues as a legitimate concern for us all, we can ensure that no one is left feeling isolated or marginalised due to mental illness. And by giving people the tools they need to manage their mental wellbeing, we can create stronger organisations where everyone has an equal opportunity to succeed.

Despite the stereotype that mental health issues are confined to those with a mental ill health condition, we can all be affected by mental health in various ways. Whether juggling the demands of our personal and professional lives or dealing with a difficult situation at work or home, mental stress can take its toll on our mental wellbeing. This can leave us tired, emotional, and confused, and it can inevitably affect our ability to perform well in our work.

What is perhaps most surprising is the fact that only 13% of people in the UK were found to have high levels of positive mental health, according to a large study done on mental health. This suggests that despite the prevalence of mental health issues in modern society, many of us lack adequate support for maintaining good mental health.

One possible explanation is that we often struggle to prioritise self-care and support each other in our workplaces. Many people may be reluctant to speak openly about their mental health concerns for fear of stigma or discrimination. In contrast, others may not be aware of available resources or how best to help those struggling with mental health issues. Regardless of why this gap exists, it is clear that there is much work left to do to improve mental health in the workplace. To achieve thriving workplaces where everyone feels supported and valued, we must focus on creating systems and cultures that promote sustainable wellness for all. Only then will we be able to reach our full potential at work and live happy and healthy lives overall.

At Omnia Mind developed the Resilience Code to help employees build resilience to mental ill health and thrive at work. This is a two-hour workshop where we teach the science and evidence behind seven easy-to-apply daily habits that, if repeated, have a compound effect on Resilience and Wellbeing. Each delegate receives a wonderfully designed workbook, and we challenge them to adopt the practices taught over the following 28 days. In addition, each morning of the challenge, the delegates receive a mindset training email from our Founder and author of ‘Legacy – Ancient Philosophy for Modern Minds’.

Please contact us if you or your organisation would like to learn more about our Resilience Code.

Author: Mick Murphy