Todd Jerome Jenkins, MS, CSP, SMS, CHST, STSC

Safety Aficionado & Ph.D. Student

Mental Health

As part of overall well-being, mental health is increasingly recognized as a critical issue in the workplace. People who experience stress, depression, anxiety, or other mental health conditions are more likely to suffer workplace injuries and illnesses, according to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).

Approximately 21,000 non-fatal workplace injuries and illnesses were related to mental health conditions in 2019, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Mental health is a crucial component of workplace success.

There are several steps organizations can take to promote mental health at work. Reducing workplace stressors that contribute to mental health conditions, such as long work hours, high workloads, and poor management practices, is necessary.

Organizations should also provide mental health resources and support, such as Employee Assistance Programs (EAPs, not to be confused with Emergency Action Plans) and counseling services. People can manage stress and address mental health concerns this way.

Organizations should create a workplace culture that supports mental health, reduces stigma around mental health conditions, and promotes work-life balance.

Fourth, provide people with the resources and support they need to manage mental health conditions. Medical treatment and reasonable accommodations are included in this.

Lastly, organizations should train leaders to recognize signs of mental health concerns in their people and provide appropriate support. Workplace safety and well-being depend on mental health. Mental health concerns can be addressed by organizations in the workplace through proactive measures. Providing mental health resources and support, creating a culture that supports mental health, and ensuring people have access to appropriate treatment and accommodations are all important ways to reduce stress and promote mental health. By promoting mental health, organizations can create a safer, healthier, and more productive work environment.

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