Making the shift from mental illness to mental wellness
It is the prerogative of business leaders to check in and contribute to the mental health of their staff because they are a company’s most valuable commodity. Just as they need healthy bodies to do their work, so too is it equally important for them to be in a sound mental state. According to the World Health Organisation, depression and anxiety have a significant impact on the economy with lost productivity costing the global economy USD 1 trillion per year.
Are you OK?
The sad truth is that many people struggle with mental problems in silence. Anxiety, depression and other mental health issues are not discussed openly, and often those who need it the most don’t get the necessary help and support.
The stresses of daily work, commuting in traffic, managing expectations and deadlines can have a significant impact on someone’s mental health. And this is just from a work perspective. Everyone is human and is continually dealing with a mix of anxieties and trauma in their personal lives. It all starts to add up – no matter your profession, age or demographic.
Start the conversation
For many organisations, the biggest challenge is not knowing what to do to address mental health problems in the workplace. By simply acknowledging that mental wellbeing is a critical part of your business’s overall success, you are taking a step in the right direction.
One of the most powerful tools to support the mental wellness of your staff is to start a conversation. Being able to share and to really be heard is a cathartic exercise. Let your employees know that it’s OK for them to talk about their professional and personal struggles. This message should come from the leadership team and be perpetuated by all members of management.
Cement mental wellness as one of the main pillars of your company culture and provide training for managers and employees to give emotional support to one another. There are many resources available online, and you can even rope in the help of trained professionals to provide training to all staff.
At League, we firmly believe that mental wellness is one of the core pillars of real success. We work to support the wellbeing and growth of our team and all the people we connect with. We are dedicated to finding ways to create safe spaces for our staff to express and address any struggles they face at work and at home.
As Jackie Stierlin, League Digital head of marketing and strategy, says: “In our pressurised industry, League’s management team feel it’s important to address this topic and acknowledge the issues we all face with our mental wellness. I am truly passionate about becoming mentally strong as it has an impact on our quality of life. It’s your responsibility to take care of your mental wellness, but being able to share the journey with like-minded, caring individuals is important. Let’s start a conversation that encourages you to share your journey, whether it’s at home or in the office.”