Mental Health at Work: Actionable Ways to Help Employees
⅓ of our lives are spent at work yet mental health is still stigmatized in work environments. Here’s your guide for addressing mental health issues at work.
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Common Mental Health Misconceptions Held by Employers & Why 12 Min
In our first session, Dr. Ramani paints a picture of the current landscape of mental health in the workplace. She begins by breaking down the most common misconceptions held about mental health by employers, and how workplace stress factors into the equation.
Common Mental Health Issues Faced by Employees & Why 12 Min
Dr. Ramani sheds light on the most common urgent and non-urgent mental health issues faced by employees and why. She also walks through the mental health issues that bleed into employees’ work lives and impact their performance, and on the flip side, the problems in a work environment that actually trigger mental health issues.
Signs an Employee Is Suffering from a Mental Health Issue 8 Min
Dr. Ramani breaks down the work-related warning signs you need to know when it comes to spotting a mental health issue in an employee. She explains how the signs of depression, anxiety, and trauma may differ, and how long the warning behaviors might last.
How to Appropriately Discuss Mental Health with an Employee 14 Min
Employees’ health history and other personal details are considered privileged information. Dr. Ramani explains how to navigate that tricky space with employees in this session. She shares the “wrong” ways to go about discussing mental health with employees, and the “right,” effective ways to start that conversation. She also explains whether managers should share their own mental health, if they feel comfortable.
How to Track Employee Progress & Foster a Mentally Healthy Culture 12 Min
Dr. Ramani shares the appropriate ways managers can ensure employees are staying mentally healthy. She also unveils key strategies for fostering a mental health-positive workplace environment, regardless of the company culture already in place.
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About the Series
1 in 4 people are living with a mental health condition. Yet more than half of employees with depression or another mental health condition believe their job would be at risk if they opened up to their employer for mental health support. This is a problem considering we spend over 50% of our waking hours – that’s one-third of our lives – at work.
At the same time, unaddressed mental health issues cost employers tens of billions of dollars per year in lost productivity and employee turnover. While employees suffer in silence, company profitability is suffering right along with them.
Helping companies improve their productivity cannot be done unless those companies help their workers. And helping workers become more productive starts with paying attention to their mental wellbeing and ability to perform. This is much easier said than done, though – so this series provides actionable ways for company leaders and managers to navigate those complex workplace conversations about mental health.
This series gives company leaders the tools to take care of their employees, and in turn, set their business up for success. Workplace issues are among the core problems leading psychologist Dr. Ramani Durvasula treats in her private practice. In this highly informative series, she simplifies the complex conundrum of workplace culture and mental health, and educates employers and employees alike on actionable solutions.
It is inevitable that our personal lives bleed into our work lives, and vice versa. This series bridges the educational gap on mental health in the workplace. In doing so, it bridges the disconnect between employers and employees, between our personal lives and our feeling of fulfillment at work, and between needless suffering and happy, healthy productivity.
Who is this series for?
This series is critical in helping leaders and managers understand how to think about, talk about, and strategize around key mental health issues in the workplace.
This series is also integral in helping employees understand how to navigate the tricky road of addressing mental health issues like depression, anxiety, and unaddressed trauma at work.
In this series, you’ll discover:
- The specific mental health topics that are most commonly stigmatized in the workplace – and how to combat this stigma
- The workplace stressors that contribute to negative mental health in employees – and how to combat those stressors
- The urgent and non-urgent mental health issues that managers and employers need to be aware of, and how to manage each type
- The mental health issues that impact employees’ job performance vs. the problems in a work environment that actually trigger mental health issues
- Whether managers and company leaders should open up about their own mental health
- How to appropriately discuss mental health in the workplace
- How to generate a healthy, mental health-positive environment for your employees
“People at work are the ones who see you day in and day out. So they will notice a change. And when [a manager] takes notice, the most humane thing that manager can do is care for that employee. People desperately want to be seen and heard and understood. And sometimes all it takes is that one kind voice that reaches in and asks if you’re okay.”
Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Ph.D.
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