Even today, the topic “mental health” is still seen with taboo and prejudice in Brazil. Psychological problems are interpreted as freshness or as illnesses of “dramatic” people.
It is because of reactions like this that many people avoid looking for therapies, preferring to take care of their issues in an isolated way, without giving due attention. However, as we already know, the consequences of this neglect affect the routine in the work environment.
the size of the problem
According to a survey by Robert Walters, a company specializing in recruitment, 88% of professionals consider it important – when evaluating a new opportunity in the market – for companies to offer mental health policies.
Also according to the study, 62% of respondents said that having a leader in the company talking openly about the subject would make them more comfortable, if a conversation was needed.
According to data from the Ministry of Health, the lifetime prevalence of depression in Brazil is around 15.5%, that is, approximately 32 million people will suffer from the disease at some point.
To give you an idea, a survey carried out by the consultancy Falconi, which focuses on management, points out that 37% of companies recorded an increase in psychiatric illnesses such as depression, burnout syndrome and emotional disorders during the last year, with the arrival of the pandemic.
How to deal with employee mental health
Given the numbers, it is clear that companies need to reflect on whether they are providing a safe environment for employees and asking for demands that only occupy business hours.
Nowadays, there are many reports of employees exhausted by the intense work routine. In addition, because it is about people and relationships, it is essential that empathy is present in the corporate environment. This is a valuable virtue, as we are all susceptible to mistakes, frustrations, especially under pressure.
Companies need to be open to these discussions and understand the pain of others, reducing disagreements, increasing productivity and improving teamwork.
After all, employees need to be well and have pleasure in carrying out their duties. We are dealing with human beings and we have to treat them as unique individuals who have difficulties and need help.
The importance of mental health programs
In addition, companies need to understand that spending money on mental health programs is actually a long-term investment. And the numbers demonstrate this.
We are aware of the prejudice of the topic within companies. And funding a project aimed at improving the well-being of the internal population of the corporation may not be in the priority expenditure plans.
However, these programs should be prioritized. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), for every dollar invested in mental health, it is possible to see a return of up to four dollars in health and productivity.
Therefore, dealing with mental health in the corporate environment is talking about investment. And this can be done in different ways: from education to psychotherapy.
How to invest in mental health
The most effective way to do this is to act in prevention, that is, to work in a way to prevent employees from reaching the psychic limit while performing their functions.
For this, we need to know what is happening within the company. So, climate surveys are a great way to understand how people are really doing on a daily basis.
In addition, it is essential to invest in the education of the internal population, after all, knowing how to recognize the problem is the first step in dealing with the situation and asking for possible help. And this can be done in several ways: lectures, conversation circles, one-on-one, etc.
Still, psychotherapeutic assistance is valuable in these moments. Offering therapy sessions within the corporate environment allows dealing with different situations of mental stress within the company. In this way, the psychologist will be able to help people who are going through some mental illness, in addition to acting in the prevention of new cases.