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World Mental Health Day: 10 tips to improve workplace mental health

World Mental Health Day: 10 tips to improve workplace mental health



With World Mental Health Day putting the spotlight on mental health, the welfare of employees should be very much front and centre of mind for Hong Kong’s HR professionals – especially during the extraordinary times we are currently living through.

It’s also encouraging to see local organisations like Mind HK doing its bit to raise awareness during Covid with its #BehindTheMask campaign.

Mental health in the workplace matters. An estimated 172 million workdays are lost to depression each year – stress, anxiety, burnout and other mental health issues compound the situation.

Here are 10 mental health tips to help protect the mental health of your team:

#1. Talk openly about mental health. The way to overcoming the stigma associated with mental illness is stop treating it as a taboo. Speak about it candidly and help those who are struggling realise they are not alone.

#2. Mental health days. If it’s still mandatory to provide a doctor’s certificate or so-called legitimate reason for missing work, it might be time to change. Part of preventative health involves giving the mind and body a break by enabling employees to recharge.

#3. Be inclusive. Your employees won’t believe that you genuinely care about their mental health unless it is demonstrated at every level of the leadership chain.

#4. Be attentive. If you notice an employee behaving differently – such as irritability or being unusually quite – don’t hesitate to ask them if everything is OK.

#5. Keep the conversation going. Find creative opportunities to include the topic into your employees’ day so it remains in focus.

$6. Foster a mentally healthy workspace. Productivity, engagement, and overall wellbeing increase when workspaces include natural light, plants and other positive aspects.

#7. Be discrete. Confidentiality and anonymity are essential. Even though mental health should be normalised in the workplace, reassure employees that their privacy is your top concern – and that their use of mental health resources will never be monitored.

#8. Ensure resources are relevant. Assess your mental health resources on a regular basis to ensure they’re accurate and up-to-date, and contain practical easy-to-understand advice.

#9. Easy access to resources. Remove hurdles to accessing mental health advice by making content readily accessible in a range of formats such as audio, video and written.

#10. Be positive. Mental health is a serious consideration but it should still be handled in a way that makes people feel understood, appreciated and included and that a clear plan of action is in place to ensure they can get – and stay – well.

Image courtesy Mind HK

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