The stigma around mental health often prevents people from talking about it with their employers or colleagues. Why does this matter? Mental health is something we all have in common; it affects us all differently and can impact many aspects of our lives. You may know someone who has struggled with their mental health at some point in their lives; you might have even struggled yourself. In fact, one in three Canadians will be affected by a mental illness during their lifetime.
This article will equip you with practical tools and resources to help maintain mental health at work—for both yourself and your colleagues.
The health and happiness of our staff is critical to us at Elantis. In fact, one of our core values is to focus on people. That’s why we have many supports in place to contribute to our employees’ mental health every day.
For example, Elantis has a weekly meeting with all staff where we share knowledge, updates on projects, and kudos. This fun and interactive Friday afternoon ritual serves as an opportunity to connect with each other and helps our team relax and decompress after the week’s activities. We also have regular social events, both virtually and in person where possible, to maintain connection and build lasting relationships.
One of the ways we have increased our connection as a team over the past year is by growing our culture of appreciation through a rewards and recognition program. Through this program, team members send and receive thank-yous and appreciations daily. When we feel connected and appreciated, our mental health is supported and we can be more productive at work.
It is important for managers to educate themselves about the signs and symptoms of mental illness and help create a supportive workplace environment where employees feel comfortable discussing their mental well-being.
If you suspect that an employee is struggling with mental health issues, it’s important to be sensitive and supportive. Here are some tips for how to approach a situation if you believe an employee may be experiencing depression or another mental illness:
There is a lot of information available to support your mental health, ways you can take action, and resources that can help get you started on your journey toward better self-care. Here are a few resources that may help:
Bell Let’s Talk Day is Wednesday, January 25 and is a national mental health initiative that raises awareness for this topic and funds for mental health programs. Elantis is joining in and committing to take meaningful action to create positive change.
This year’s Bell Let’s Talk Day campaign highlights ways we can all create meaningful change and take action by doing one or more of the following:
Bell Let’s Talk Day is a day when we can all come together in support of mental health. It’s an opportunity to not only raise awareness, but also to start conversations about mental health with your friends, family members, and colleagues. We think it’s important that everyone has the opportunity to show their support and help spark conversation around mental health issues.
Here at Elantis, we are proud to be a part of Bell Let’s Talk Day and the movement it has sparked. Mental health issues affect all of us, whether we’re aware of it or not. As an organization that focuses on people, we know that this is an issue we need to keep talking about.
Let’s create positive change together. Start by sharing this article on social media using #BellLetsTalk.
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