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Understanding and Championing Mental Health at Work

Updated: Mar 13

Create a mental health-focused culture at your company.


A person's mental health is crucial to their overall well-being. Because people spend a great deal of time in the office, it is critical to analyze the impact of the work environment on mental health. One way to encourage a mentally healthy workplace is to appoint a mental health advocate. In this blog post, we'll discuss how important mental health is at work and what a "mental health champion" does.


One way to encourage a mentally healthy workplace is to appoint a mental health advocate. In this blog post, we'll discuss how important mental health is at work and what a "mental health champion" does.
Understanding and Championing Mental Health at Work

Why is Workplace Mental Health Important?

Mental health at work is crucial because it affects how well employees feel, how happy they are at work, and how productive they are. Every year, depression and anxiety cost 12 billion workdays. Without the right help, a person's mental health can affect their confidence and sense of self at work.


Employees with mental health problems may need help focusing on their work, which can lead to less work getting done. They may also need to be more motivated and engaged, which can affect their job satisfaction.


Employees with mental health problems may need help focusing on their work, which can lead to less work getting done. They may also need to be more motivated and engaged, which can affect their job satisfaction.
Improving Mental Health in the Workplace

How to Improve Mental Health in the Workplace?

Here are some real-life examples of companies that have taken steps to improve the mental health of their employees:


Policy and Resources for Mental Health

Unilever's mental health policy outlines its commitment to promoting positive mental health among employees.


Employee Assistance Programs

Several companies (e.g., Microsoft) offer therapy, services, and assistance for employees with mental health difficulties.


Mental Health Training

Deloitte provides mental health training to all managers and supervisors.


Work-Life Balance

Shopify is committed to work-life balance and offers options like remote work and flexible hours.


Reducing Stigma

Google's mental health policy promotes open conversations about mental health to reduce stigma.


What Does a Mental Health Champion Do?

A mental health champion is simply someone who promotes workplace mental health. Mental health champions can also host mental health awareness and stigma-reduction events to promote workplace well-being. These are the colleagues that employees can trust and consult about their troubles.



A mental health champion is simply someone who promotes workplace mental health. Mental health champions can also host mental health awareness and stigma-reduction events to promote workplace well-being. These are the colleagues that employees can trust and consult about their troubles.
Mental Health Champion

Who Should Be a Mental Health Champion?

Any employee can champion mental wellness, but you need someone who cares about mental health and can help others. Mental health champions should be personable, compassionate, and communicative.


Executives and other leaders should prioritize training in mental health to support their employees. PVP’s face to face workshop entitled "Establishing Mental Health Champions In The Workplace" can help your mental health champion raise awareness and challenge the mental health stigma inside the workplace. Join us this coming March 16 to make your company a safe space for mental health!





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