It’s no secret that mental health has become increasingly prioritized in the workplace – especially post-Covid. Employers with a distributed, hybrid, and/or remote team especially feel the unique impact on mental health when colleagues do not spend as much time together face-to-face.
Now is the time to address any bubbling issues, since May is Mental Health Awareness Month. It started in the late-40s and has evolved greatly with people sharing their personal stories on social media to reduce the stigma and with people, particularly Gen-Z, taking their mental health at work into their own hands – hoards have voluntarily left unhealthy workplaces. Younger workers have proven to be a socially conscious group and are more active about causes than those who came before them. We’re all dealing with new circumstances after the pandemic, like remote work – which has employees feeling burned out with increased meetings and the line between work and personal lives blurred.
This month was created to educate people about mental illness, reduce stigma, and raise awareness around research and treatment. People often suffer in silence because of stigmas surrounding mental health. Poor mental health can negatively impact all aspects of our lives, including our work lives.
Do more this May than just post and share a generic acknowledgment on your social media accounts and via email. Get to the root of any mental health issues in your organization and do your best to resolve them. We’re sharing our tips and week-by-week calendar of ideas.
Week one: Share a note with your team
Leverage Cleary to send your internal communications with a News post about Mental Health Awareness Month. Explain what it is and how your organization can specifically help. Are there programs people can take advantage of? Are there resources the company offers? Explain how employees can easily look up vacation and sick time and explain how the policies work. With Cleary you can use Pages as a source of truth and link directly to the Page where the information is stored for reference.
Use our template as a starting point for a News post:
May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Mental health is a critical aspect of someone’s overall well-being and can easily be overlooked. We are taking this month to promote a better understanding around mental health, breakdown stigmas, and encourage anyone who needs help to seek it.
The Covid-19 pandemic brought mental health to the forefront after exasperating anxiety, isolation, and financial and emotional stress for many people. The ripple effects of the pandemic continue to be felt today, in homes and at work.
We want to take this month and the opportunity to promote mental health awareness and create a more supportive and compassionate workplace for all our employees and staff.
Ways to boost well-being:
- Schedule time for yourself. This can be a time to unplug and reflect – distraction-free
- Remember our vacation policy is here for you. Here’s a link on vacation and sick policies for reference.
- Take walks, it’s physically and mentally good for you. Bonus if the walk is outdoors!
Please do not hesitate to talk to your managers about any mental health issues you are experiencing and how we can help to alleviate the situation and support you.