According to research, one-third aka 30% of our lives are spent at work. That’s a big number, which is why savvy employers invest in occupational health. Now although occupational health involves maintaining physical, mental and social well-being of employees, mental health is still largely ignored. Worse, this phenomenon is global, with the degree of ignorance varying as per culture and (lack of) awareness. With 1 in 5 people experiencing a mental health condition at work, this is a disturbing state of affairs.
Personally, I feel India is one of the countries where mental health is most severely disregarded. And this needs to be remedied immediately. On World Mental Health Day today, I wrote a piece for Indibeat on how Indian companies don’t take mental health seriously. I conclude with what they can do to enable good mental health. Do take a read to know what it’s like to work at a typical company in India.
Does your company help take care of your mental health? What does a mentally healthy workplace look like to you? Let me know your experiences and opinions in the comments below.