Being Mental Health Month, over the past couple of weeks there has been an explosion of information, articles and support for mental health. And never before has there been a time when a focus on mental health is more crucial!
Uncertainty, economic hardship, loneliness, increased domestic violence, the complexity of family dynamics, overwhelm, health anxiety and decision fatigue – these are just a few of the extreme conditions that we ourselves, and our people have been experiencing this year. At the same time, working from home has enabled these pressures to be kept further under wraps and hidden from our workmates.
And this is just the beginning. It’s anticipated that the impacts of this year will release a tsunami of mental health issues ahead. Many of us are working longer hours, at maximum speed and capacity… and we are only 5km into the marathon!
Against this backdrop, we asked 4 of our incredible storytellers and champions what they believe is the essential ingredient to solving mental health issues in the workplace and creating a mentally healthy environment in which people can thrive going forward:
Genevieve started her career as an occupational therapist with a passion for understanding and improving collective mental health, which she then converted to a consulting then corporate career, leading major change, which has resulted in her recently publishing the book Mentally at Work.