A mental health workshop in your workplace could provide the support your employees need to get help.
According to research, 1 in 5 Canadians will experience a diagnosable mental illness. Offering a mental health workshop, while it will not solve this crisis, can go a long way in supporting employees to reach out.
One of the biggest hurdles for anyone suffering from mental illness is overcoming the stigma attached to it. This stigma brings about isolation and prevents people from getting the help that they need.
Only 1 in every 3 Canadians with a mental health issue will seek help, leaving millions trying to cope all on their own. Stigma is perhaps the biggest barrier to mental health care. Fear of being criticize or judged by those around them may prevent them from reaching out to others for support.
There are still many misconceptions about mental illness. These misconceptions lead to further stigma, prejudice and discrimination. This stigma can prevent people from getting hired, promoted or keeping a job, getting proper health care, feeling loved, needed and accepted, contributing to communities or feeling productive.
Bring Mental Illness Issues Out Into The Open
- Educate yourself about mental health challenges and issues
- Foster a healthy workplace environment: offer workshops, resources, and safe space policies
- Emphasize abilities, not limitations
- Use respectful language
- Refer to the person not the disability or illness
- Tell people when they express a stigmatizing attitude
- Portray successful people with disabilities as the exception
- Use generic labels such as “retarded” or “the mentally ill”
- Use terms like “crazy,” “lunatic,” or “insane” in general conversation. Language matters.
- Let stigma create self-doubt and shame
It is everyone’s responsibility to reduce the stigma, prejudice and discrimination associated with mental health issues.
Education, understanding, and support are key to creating a psychologically safe and healthy workplace. Remember that you are not alone. There are resources available to help you to feel more competent in providing this support.
Contact Beverly about providing mental health resources for your workplace to break the stigma.
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