10 ways to prioritise mental health in the workplace

By Victoria Fellows


Prioritising mental health in the workplace is not just an ethical responsibility; it is an investment in the long-term success and sustainability of an organisation.

By implementing appropriate strategies, employers can create a supportive and inclusive environment where employees feel valued, understood and empowered to prioritise their mental well-being.

As the workplace evolves, our commitment to fostering mental health for the benefit of individuals becomes more crucial to the long term success of an organisation.

Promote open communication:

Encourage a culture of open communication where employees feel comfortable discussing their mental health. Create channels for employees to express their concerns or seek support and ensure that leadership communicates a commitment to prioritising mental health.

Educate and raise awareness:

Conduct regular training sessions to educate employees about mental health issues, reduce stigma, and promote understanding. By fostering awareness, you create an environment where individuals are more likely to recognise signs of mental health struggles, both in themselves and their colleagues.

Flexible work arrangements:

Recognise the need for work-life balance by offering flexible work arrangements. Remote work options, flexible hours and compressed work-weeks can help employees manage their responsibilities while reducing stressors that may contribute to mental health challenges.

Provide mental health resources:

Ensure that employees have easy access to mental health resources. This may include Employee Assistance Programs (EAPs), counselling services and information about local mental health support networks. Make sure that these resources are communicated effectively and de-stigmatised within the workplace.

Promote a healthy work environment:

Foster a work environment that promotes physical and mental well-being. Consider incorporating wellness programs, providing comfortable workspaces, and encouraging regular breaks. A healthy physical environment contributes to positive mental health outcomes.

Recognise and reward well-being:

Acknowledge and reward behaviours that prioritise well-being. Recognize employees who take breaks, use their vacation time, or engage in activities that support mental health. By reinforcing positive behaviors, you send a clear message that well-being is valued.

Leadership role modelling:

Leadership sets the tone for the entire organisation. Leaders should model healthy work-life balance, take breaks and prioritize their own mental health. When employees see leadership embracing these principles, it creates a culture where everyone feels encouraged to do the same.

Regular check-ins:

Implement regular check-ins between managers and employees to discuss workloads, challenges and overall well-being. These conversations provide an opportunity for employees to express concerns and for managers to offer support.

Establish boundaries:

Encourage the establishment of clear boundaries between work and personal life. Discourage excessive overtime and set realistic expectations for workload. Respecting personal time helps prevent burnout and supports mental health.

Seek feedback and adapt:

Continuously seek feedback from employees about the effectiveness of mental health initiatives. Be willing to adapt and evolve your strategies based on employee input, changing work dynamics, and emerging best practices.

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