Myths About Mental Health in the Workplace - Hope 103.2

Myths About Mental Health in the Workplace

Dr Adam Grant says that for the mental health conversation to progress at workplaces, certain myths must be busted first.

By The Centre for Effective Living Tuesday 7 Nov 2023WorkReading Time: 2 minutes

Mental health at work is not something that we often talk about.

We feel overwhelmed, stressed, lonely, and these emotions can affect us in our jobs.

Dr. Adam Grant is an organisational psychologist.

In his podcasts, Grant said certain myths need to be busted before conversations about mental health can progress at workplaces:

Myth #1. Those who lead or perform are immune to mental health struggles

It is important to recognise that anybody can have challenges with their mental health.

Recognising this helps in destigmatisation.

Further, this signals that being vulnerable doesn’t prevent people from being strong leaders.

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Myth #2. You just have to try hard enough to deal with your problems and get back to work

There are some of us who learn to manage emotions unusually well but even if you rise to the occasion in the moment, mental health difficulties take a toll over time.

Our job performance suffers when our psychological well-being is low.

Myth #3. Mental health issues do not belong in the workplace

It is often seen as a distraction, an unwelcome guest, something that needs to be kept away from work.

When our emotional difficulties are not addressed, we inevitably bring them to work with us.

They can affect those around us too.

Suppressing and not addressing mental health leaves people alone and to suffer in silence.

Being open about mental health in the workplace can have positive ripple effects across the team.

It shows people they’re not alone, it provides hope, and most importantly, it opens up space for vital conversations to happen throughout the workplace.

But this responsibility shouldn’t fall on one employee.

We need to build compassionate organisations where struggle is normalised.

Article supplied with thanks to The Centre for Effective Living. Written by Monica Jacob.

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