Did you know that 1 in 4 people experience mental health problems?
Also shockingly, 51% of long-term sick leave is attributed to stress, depression, or anxiety. These statistics highlight the pervasive nature of mental health challenges, often hidden behind the facade of our daily interactions. How many times have we responded with a simple “yeah, I’m fine” when asked how we are, even when the truth might be very different?
At SuperWellness, we firmly believe that genuine conversations about mental health can transform people’s wellbeing and workplace environments. As we embrace Time to Talk Day, an annual initiative dedicated to open dialogue about mental health, I, Jess, the Psychology Program Manager at SuperWellness, would like to share a personal journey that emphasises the importance of this day.
Breaking the silence: A personal reflection
For many years, I navigated the complexities of mental health in silence. I tried to manage it solo, believing that this was a battle I could fight independently. Unfortunately, this approach left me in a challenging and isolated place. It wasn’t until I acknowledged the power of conversation and proactively seeking support that I truly understood its transformative impact. Human connection is imperative to wellbeing! My journey through the challenges of mental health has shaped my commitment to fostering a workplace culture that has open communication and prioritises wellbeing.
The significance of sharing
- Destigmatising mental health: By sharing our stories, we collectively contribute to the ongoing effort to destigmatise mental health. Every narrative shared is a step towards fostering a more compassionate understanding in our community.
- Empathy and support: Through the diverse range of experiences shared, we come to appreciate the immense value of empathy and having a support network. It is our hope that by opening up, we inspire others to seek the support they need and create a culture of understanding.
- Fostering a sense of community: Personal stories, when shared openly, have the profound power to bring people together. By encouraging a culture where individuals feel safe to share their experiences, we collectively contribute to the sense of community within our lives and the workplace. These shared stories serve as a reminder that none of us are alone in our struggles.
- Positive impact of one conversation: Sharing your mental health experiences in a single conversation can have a profound and positive impact on your wellbeing. Sometimes, expressing your thoughts and feelings can bring a sense of relief, connection, and contribute to an overall improvement in your mental health.
Ways to reach out and foster conversation
Breaking the silence starts with simple gestures. If you’re looking to reach out to someone who may be struggling, here are a few ways to foster conversation and support:
- Express genuine interest: Ask open-ended questions and express genuine interest in how the other person is doing. Simple queries like “How are you really?” can open the door to more meaningful conversations.
- Actively listen: Sometimes, people just need someone to listen to them. Practice active listening by giving your full attention, avoiding interruptions, and showing empathy towards their feelings.
- Share your own experiences: If you feel comfortable, share your own experiences with mental health challenges. It can create a sense of connection and make the other person feel less alone in their struggles.
- Offer specific help: Instead of a general “Let me know if you need anything,” offer specific ways you can help. Whether it’s accompanying them for a walk, assisting with tasks, or simply being there to chat, specificity can be reassuring. Note you are not trying to ‘fix’ anything, you are simply just offering some ways you can support them at this time.
- Suggest professional support: Encourage the person to seek professional help if needed. Offer resources and information about mental health services available within your workplace or community.
How SuperWellness supports time to talk day
As we commemorate ‘Time to Talk Day’, SuperWellness remains dedicated to creating a workplace where every voice is heard, and every struggle acknowledged. Our interactive workshops, online resources, and expert guidance all stem from a collective commitment to building a supportive and understanding community.
Explore our workshops below which are all designed to provide practical insights and tools for mental wellbeing and personal development:
- Supporting Mental Health in the Workplace
- Mastering Self-Belief: Tackling the Imposter Phenomenon
- Personal Empowerment: Navigating Workplace Success with Psychological Capital
Join the conversation
This Time to Talk Day, let’s break the silence together. Whether you’re a SuperWellness client, partner, or employee, your voice matters. Consider this: What small step will you take to contribute to an open dialogue about mental health in your workplace? Your actions can make a significant impact.
Join us in fostering meaningful conversations that contribute to a workplace where mental wellbeing is a priority.
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About the Author
Jess is the Psychology Programme Manager at SuperWellness. Holding a BSc in Psychology, an MSc in Clinical and Health Psychology, and a certification in Health Coach Training, she brings a wealth of expertise to the role. For the past four years, she has been a dedicated force in the mental health and healthcare industries, directly impacting patient care. In parallel, Jess has played a pivotal role in championing workplace wellbeing, contributing four years of invaluable service to workplace health and wellbeing teams. Beyond clinical expertise, she possesses valuable skills in teaching and project management. Driven by an unwavering passion for wellbeing and a sincere commitment to helping others, Jess embodies a holistic approach to mental health, combining clinical proficiency with a genuine desire to make a positive impact.