The COVID-19 pandemic has caused a major shift in the workplace mental health industry. Traditionally, employee assistance programs have always provided support to employees when they are dealing with a mental illness. However, this form of support is limited in the sense that it is reactive, and not preventative. We all need to take proactive steps to build and maintain our mental well-being.
Here are the top five ways your employees can benefit from proactive mental health support.
1. It promotes mental fitness.
Our brain is a muscle that we cannot see; however, it is one of the most important muscles we need to train on a regular basis. Proactive mental health platforms, like headversity, make workplace mental fitness convenient and accessible. Bite-sized tools and lessons allow employees to develop mental health skills that help them think, feel, and be better, rain or shine.
2. It helps build more resilient teams.
Employees who are less resilient are more likely to view adversity as being hindering. In contrast, employees who have a high degree of resilience are more likely to view challenges as an opportunity for growth. Adversity is inevitable both in our personal and professional lives, which is why we need to ensure we have the mental ability to face challenges with optimism, hope, and courage.
3. It’s personalized to each employee’s individual needs.
The great thing about proactive mental health platforms is that they are personalized. Baseline assessments are provided to each employee to determine where their mental well-being stands, and what skills they need to work on. As each skill is mastered through practice, employees can re-assess themselves to see their progress and to look for other areas of improvement.
4. It’s mobile.
Many preventative mental health platforms are mobile and available for use 24/7, regardless of whether someone is in a personal or professional environment. The truth is, in order for people to maintain their mental well-being, on-going skills training is required both in and outside of work. Training our minds to think differently is a long-term journey, not a short-term destination. A change in behaviour usually always begins on a personal level.
5. It’s evidence-based.
Proactive mental health support programs are built based on cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT), which helps teach essential skills for daily mental well-being management. CBT is known to be effective in treating depression, anxiety, panic disorder, bipolar disorder and many other conditions.
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