Suffering in silence can have negative impacts on mental and physical health, as well as personal relationships. Seeking support from others and professional help when facing challenges is essential. This support can lead to a better understanding of the issue, increased self-awareness, and improved coping skills.
Being transparent about mental health in the workplace can have several positive effects on a business, including:
- Improved employee well-being: Encouraging transparency about mental health can create a supportive work environment, leading to improved employee well-being and increased job satisfaction.
- Increased productivity: Employees who feel supported in their mental health struggles are more likely to care for their overall well-being and be more productive at work.
- Reduced absenteeism: By addressing mental health concerns, businesses can help employees to get the support they need, reducing the likelihood of absenteeism due to mental health issues.
- Improved organizational culture: Fostering a supportive and non-stigmatizing environment around mental health can improve the overall corporate culture and create a positive, productive work environment.
What about a support group if you are not comfortable with mental health transparency in the workplace? Research has shown that support groups can provide several benefits, including:
- Emotional support: Being in a group of people who understand what you’re going through can provide comfort and reduce feelings of loneliness and isolation.
- Coping skills: Members of support groups can share coping strategies and offer each other advice on how to manage symptoms or difficulties.
- Improved mental health: Studies have shown that support groups can positively affect mental health outcomes, such as reducing symptoms of anxiety and depression.
- Increased sense of control: Participating in a support group can help individuals feel more in control of their situation and better equipped to manage their challenges.
- Stigma reduction: Support groups can help to reduce the stigma associated with certain health conditions or experiences by creating a safe, non-judgmental environment where individuals can openly discuss their experiences.
I experienced this firsthand when I helped facilitate Lightside LIVE with my friend Kyle Stanley and helped team after team after team create transparency, engagement, alignment, and mindset.
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