How to Normalise Mental Health in the Workplace

According to the World Health Organisation, one in four people in the world will be affected by mental or neurological disorders at some point in their lives [1] Mental health is among the leading causes of poor health and disability worldwide with as many as 450 million people suffering from a mental or behavioural disorder. [1] Sometimes mental health is overlooked because it is not as obvious as symptoms of physical ill-health, but the costs of poor mental health are substantial.  For example, employees suffering from depression cost employers more than $44 billion per year in lost productivity. [2] For companies today, it is so important for them to have an open discussion about mental health and promote positive mental health and wellbeing within the organisation.  If a company has an open and supportive focus on mental health, it helps break down the stigma and help normalise mental health in the workplace. Having a culture within an organisation that promotes speaking about mental health difficulties, will help any employee dealing with these issues to feel comfortable in seeking support or confiding in a co-worker. Dealing with mental health issues within a company is not an easy task, but something that…