October 10 is recognised every year as World Mental Health Day. The theme for 2017 is Mental Health in the Workplace.
Think about it from the time we are born, our mindset is already programmed to the workplace. What we study in school, perhaps college and university, all point to what we will spend most of our adult lives doing…working. What do you want to be when you grow up is the ‘well-meaning’ question we are asked before we can even recite the alphabet properly.
And then the day arrives. We get a job. We spend so much time at work. Monday to Friday eats 5 days out of the 7 days we are given in a week. Imagine if one worked 2 days and had 5 days as the weekend. Would we have a better quality of life? Would that improve our mental health at least?
Have you heard of Mental Health First Aid (MHFA)? Mental Health First Aid is a training which teaches people how to identify and help someone who may be experiencing a mental health issue.
I believe mental health is so important in the workplace. It is now said that one in three sick notes by GPs in the UK are for mental health issues!
If majority of organisations train people on ‘general’ First Aid, how many companies actually invest on Mental Health First Aid?
I personally believe that Mental Health First Aid should be compulsory especially for large organisations! When an organisation invests in MHFA,…