Now that the pandemic is slowing, Americans across the country are starting to understand its impact. Stress, isolation and uncertainty were overwhelming at times during the COVID-19 pandemic. We’re beginning to talk about mental health openly, just as we talk about the KETO diet or a new yoga class. Mental wellness is just as important (if not more) as physical health and frankly, you can’t have one and not the other.
According to the National Institute of Mental Health, nearly one in five U.S. adults live with a mental illness – diagnosed or undiagnosed.
It is time that we all join together to advocate, support and bring awareness to mental wellness as we do any other socially accepted illness. This commitment further encourages greater motivation at work, reduced absenteeism, loyalty and retention. And, more importantly, it promotes a positive and supportive work climate.
Leaders and employees alike need to encourage workplace conversations that foster and endorse healthy, help-seeking behaviors. This can strengthen a company’s culture and help employees feel supported in their mental health journey to lead a healthy and well-rounded lifestyle. We can no longer afford for stigma to be a barrier of getting help for our brain. Addressing the stigma around mental health and promoting healthy behaviors can and will save someone’s life – if not your own.
Together we can make a difference and save those who otherwise are suffering in silence, because the struggle is very real.