Workplace Mental Health

Work and mental health are closely intertwined. A safe and healthy working environment supports mental health, and good mental health enables people to work productively. An unsafe or unhealthy working environment can undermine mental health, and poor mental health can interfere with a person’s ability to work if left unsupported.

 

Globally, 15% of working-age adults live with a mental disorder. Mental disorders and other mental health conditions are experienced in different ways by different people, with varying degrees of difficulty and distress.

 

Without effective structures and support in place, and despite a willingness to work, the impact of unsupported mental health conditions can affect self-confidence, enjoyment at work, capacity to work, absences and ability to gain employment. Carers and family members are similarly affected.

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1000+ Lives Touched

Psychologically healthy workplaces are increasingly becoming a prerequisite for high performance. But how can organizations create workplaces that support and promote wellbeing among employees? Using psychological theories and the latest research, this townhall builds on factors which promote wellbeing and create inclusive workplaces, where employees are able to perform at their best.

We start by defining wellbeing and how it links to other concepts, like engagement. We’ll talk about what factors promote wellbeing at work and how organizations can ensure these factors are in place.

Another key topic in this course is how to prevent stress and burnout, and we’ll spend time on what these concepts mean, how they are related to each other and to wellbeing, and how they can be prevented.

The concept of work-life balance is often discussed in media as an important factor, and we’ll take a good look at what this is, how it relates to wellbeing, and how it can be supported by organizations.

Next, we move on to psychological safety and inclusion, two related and increasingly important topics in the workplace. We’ll look at how to create psychologically safe workplaces and how this supports inclusion, and performance.

Finally, we’ll spend some time exploring the role of meaningful work for wellbeing, how employees can be supported in feeling like their jobs matter, and what employees can do themselves to feel better about their work.