Mental Health at Work

Transitioning from Fixing to Facilitating

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As mental health becomes an increasingly talked about area at work and at home, more and more employers are stepping up to play their part.

The focus is moving away from solely attempting to fixthe small number of individuals with diagnosable mental illness problems to facilitatinga rise in mental health for all. 

A shift is taking place from reactively dealing with issues according to legislative guidelines around mental illness to proactively facilitating enhancements in mental health. 

A transition from seeing mental health as a problem to seeing it as a huge business opportunity. 

Everyone has a mind and it is universally true that we all perform better when it is in some states than in others. That performance covers so many areas from innovation and getting work done to collaborating with colleagues and being less distracted. These of course are things that we all want and we want them to happen smoothly without taking the heavy toll on us that they currently do in many organisations. 

So how do we best support our employees to develop a state of mind that enhancers their wellbeing andperformance? Here are 5 areas to consider as you contemplate making the transition;

 

1. Lay the foundation

Provide all your employees with an understanding of how the mind universally works. We’re not talking about the physiology of the brain but the sadly misunderstood way in which thoughts, feelings and behavior are actually created for all of us without exception. This is a game changer and is the foundation upon which an enhanced state of mindis created. We could talk for hours about the importance of this so get in touch and we’d be delighted to chat. 

 

2. Change the language

We use so many terms interchangeably when we talk about mental health that we often get ourselves and others confused in the process. Help your team to get really clear on what mental wellbeing means and all the terms we associate with it so we can have simple and clear conversations that have lasting impact. 

 

3.Make the Role Model Ripples

We all have the opportunity to positively role model how mental wellbeing is created. This moves it from telling us what to do to showing us how to do it. It brings it to life and helps us to really see what it looks like in reality. We’ve all been inspired by someone - be they a leader or not - who makes us want to make positive change in our life and lights the way to showing how to make it possible. It has to start somewhere and that somewhere might just be you. 

 

4. Build the culture

When we look at the way organisations do things day in day out we get a really good feel for their culture. Some cultures support the mental health of their employees more than others, often by accident more than design. But what would happen if you looked at all aspects of your culture and intentionally made change that supported the enhancement to the mental health of your team? Think what an impact you could have. Whether it is looking at the way people communicate, run meetings or set expectations they all have an impact. 

 

5. Keep it on the agenda

Commit to enhancing the mental health of your teams and follow through. This isn’t a one-off initiative or an annual push, this is a day in day out commitment that speaks volumes. 

We are on the cusp of great change with mental health for all at work starting to be seen as an opportunity for both employees and businesses. Let’s turn the tide with mental health and start seeing it as a business imperative. 

If you are interested in enhancing the mental health of your team, organisation or group then reach out and we’d love to help you on your way.