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In a world where the workplace has become an integral part of our lives, prioritising mental health in the workplace is more important than ever. As we commemorate World Mental Health Month, it serves as a poignant reminder of the collective responsibility we bear to create supportive work environments. At Drake WellbeingHub, we understand the significance of mental health, and our Employee Assistance Programmes (EAPs) are designed to provide essential mental health support to employees.
The Global Mental Health Challenge
Mental health issues affect people from all walks of life, and the workplace is no exception. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), depression and anxiety disorders cost the global economy $1 trillion annually in lost productivity. Employees' mental health struggles can manifest as absenteeism, decreased performance, and high turnover rates, all of which can take a significant toll on businesses.
World Mental Health Month: A Call to Action
World Mental Health Month, observed in October, is a time to raise awareness and reduce the stigma surrounding mental health. It provides an opportunity for organisations to reflect on their commitment to employee wellbeing and take action.
The Role of EAPs in Workplace Mental Health
Accessible Support: EAPs offered by Drake WellbeingHub provide employees with confidential and easily accessible mental health support. Employees can seek help when they need it most, without fear of judgment or reprisal.
Early intervention is key to preventing mental health issues from escalating. EAPs offer a proactive approach to mental health by identifying and addressing concerns before they become more severe.
EAPs often offer educational resources and training for employees and managers. These programs promote mental health awareness, stress management, and resilience-building.
Another benefit of EAPs is that we prioritise confidentiality, creating a safe space for employees to share their concerns without fear of stigma. This trust is crucial for individuals seeking assistance.
Each employee's mental health journey is unique. At Drake WellbeingHub, we provide personalised support, including counselling, therapy, or referrals to mental health specialists.
Fostering a Culture of Wellbeing During World Mental Health Month
During World Mental Health Month, businesses can take steps to promote mental health within their organisations, these include:
World Mental Health Month is a time for reflection and action. By investing in mental health support through Employee Assistance Programmes like those offered by Drake WellbeingHub, businesses can contribute to a culture of wellbeing that benefits employees and the organisation as a whole.
Let's work together to break down the stigma surrounding mental health issues and ensure that every employee has access to the support they need to thrive both personally and professionally. As we do so, we build stronger, healthier workplaces that benefit everyone involved.
If you are interested in an EAP programme for your team, we are here to help you. Please get in touch with us on 1300 135 600 today!
World Health Organization. (2017). Depression and Other Common Mental Disorders: Global Health Estimates. https://www.who.int/publications/i/item/depression-global-health-estimates
Mental Health America. (n.d.). October Is Mental Health Month. https://www.mhanational.org/issues/october-national-month
Employee Assistance Professional Association. (n.d.). What is an EAP? https://www.eapassn.org/EAPA/About_EAP/What_is_an_EAP/EAPA/About_EAP/What_is_an_EAP.aspx?hkey=2924812d-1b94-41db-a628