Supporting Employees Around Mental Health & Wellbeing: Removing Stigmas

Mental health is a critical component of overall wellbeing, and as such, it is essential for employers in the games industry to take an active role in supporting their employees’ mental health. Unfortunately, mental health stigma is still prevalent in many workplaces, which can prevent employees from seeking help when they need it.

It’s important to raise awareness and reduce stigma around mental health conditions in the workplace through training and awareness-raising initiatives.

Employers can take several steps to raise awareness and reduce stigma around mental health in the workplace. First, they can provide training to managers and employees on how to recognize the signs of mental health conditions and how to provide support to employees who may be struggling. This can include training on active listening skills, mental health first aid, and how to have sensitive conversations around mental health.

Second, employers can create a workplace culture that promotes mental health and well-being. This can include providing resources such as access to mental health counselling or an employee assistance program. Employers can also encourage employees to take care of their mental health by promoting work-life balance, providing opportunities for stress reduction such as yoga or meditation, and encouraging employees to take breaks and prioritise self-care.

Third, employers can support mental health awareness campaigns and initiatives, such as Mental Health Awareness Week. This can involve promoting mental health awareness through internal communication channels, such as email newsletters or company intranets, or by organising events or activities that promote mental health and well-being.

Reducing stigma around mental health conditions is crucial to ensuring that employees feel comfortable seeking the help they need.

By raising awareness and promoting a workplace culture that supports mental health and well-being, employers can help to reduce stigma and create an environment where employees feel valued and supported.

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