Mental health has been in the media—news and social—a lot over the past month. It seems to be a hard topic to avoid lately but that’s a good thing. As we’re discovering, keeping quiet about mental health isn’t doing anyone any favours, so it’s time for these discussions to take centre stage.
If you’re finding it difficult to broach the subject of mental health in your workplace—or if you're looking to add some additional supports to your existing mental health strategy—The Sandbox has some great resources to get the conversation started. Here are a few to discover:
- The Canadian Mental Health Association offers a fantastic video on why mental health matters in the workplace.
- Leanne Companion’s blog, Time to Disable the Label, has some solid advice on correcting misconceptions about mental illness.
- Graham Lowe offers a comprehensive overview of our country’s mental health awareness efforts in his blog, Lessons from a Decade of Progress on Workplace Mental Health. These past successes can help you put the focus on mental health in your own workplaces today.
- Check out the Alberta Mental Health Literacy Project for ways to introduce mental health topics into classroom and workplace settings.
- Workplace Strategies for Mental Health is another great resource for ideas on building a healthier workplace.
- There are also a number of active forum topics related to mental health here on The Sandbox. Simply type “mental health” into the forum search bar to join the conversation.
It’s time to end the stigma surrounding mental health. Start—or continue—having open discussions in your workplace. After all, when it comes to mental health, conversations can save lives.