Over the past 10 years, mental wellness has become much more talked about in Ireland. A change that we really welcome.
We often emphasise physical safety in the workplace, but we often forget to emphasise mental wellness at work. After all, we spend a 50% of our waking hours in any given working day at work. A certain amount of stress is a normal part of work and life, but if it is an ongoing issue then it can lead to anxiety or depression. Now, we aren’t saying that your workplace is fully responsible, but your work may sometimes be full of triggers.
In recent years organisations have begun to realise the very real impact of stress and anxiety in the workplace. Here are some strategies to promote mental health in any working environment not just during World Mental Health Week, but every week:
- Build organisational policies that promote mental wellness
- Talk openly and honestly about mental health in the workplace
- Learn about mental health conditions and other people’s experiences.
- Respect the privacy of your staff and coworkers.
- Speak up if you see bullying, harassment or discrimination.
- Support initiatives that are aimed at improving mental health in the workplace.
- Understand how your workplace can support you and how you can access help if you need it.
Fortunately, there are many organisations here in Ireland that are dedicated to helping people suffering from depression, anxiety and other illnesses. Here are just a few:
- The Pieta House centre for the prevention of self-harm or suicide has tens of thousands of people suffering with mental health.
- Samaritans is a service that can be used in more urgent situations, or if you feel like you need someone to talk to.
- Aware has a support line open from 10am-10pm seven days a week. They also run wellness at work programs.
Remember, if you are feeling low – you are not alone. There are many people and organisations out there who will do their utmost to get you the help you need.