Good mental health at work and good management go hand in hand. The promotion of mental health in the workplace, as well as the support of those suffering from a mental health condition, make it more likely to reduce absenteeism and increase productivity. Research is key to understand which factors influence health and to identify and test interventions that promote health and wellbeing at the workplace.
In EMPOWER, we are committed to creating a mentally healthy workplace with a positive working culture. We believe in workplaces where everyone can thrive, feel valued, respected and supported, and where everyone feels comfortable discussing mental health. To help us achieve this, we are supporting the World Mental Health Day campaign, focused on providing mental health support in an unequal world.
During the World Health Assembly in May 2021, governments from around the world recognized the need to scale up quality mental health services at all levels and some countries have found new ways of providing mental health care to their populations. During this year’s World Mental Health Day campaign, the WHO (World Health Organisation) will showcase the efforts made in some of these countries and provide new materials on how to take care of your mental health and provide support to others. These resources can help normalise the mental health conversation in the workplace and can be shared with your employees.
The Mental Health Forum provides an opportunity to bring together diverse stakeholders working on mental health-related issues to exchange ideas, collaborate and learn from each other. It will be held online on the 11 and 12 of October 2021, under the title Time to Act: transforming mental health systems, doing more and better. It will focus on how we can create better opportunities and systems to respond to a growing demand for mental health services around the world.