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World Mental Health Day: You’re Not Alone and We’re Here to Listen

October 9, 2018 / Corporate Wellness

As many of you know, World Mental Health Day is tomorrow, October 10th. First celebrated in 1992 by the World Federation for Mental Health, with the goal of bringing attention to mental illness and providing support to those suffering.

Mental illness has no boundaries. When an individual is suffering it not only affects them on the inside, but also their relationship with their family, friends, and their relationship with their career. While HR leaders and employee wellbeing companies often look at these instances from an overall company culture perspective, we need to also remember the personal perspective.

While many of us know that depression, for instance, leads to $51 billion in lost revenue and productivity each year, we must also consider the granular person effects. On the individual level this means missed promotions, lost jobs, and ultimately people who want to be their best both in the workplace and outside who feel that they cannot. That is the true tragedy, and it is priceless.

Further, mental health is a holistic effort. It requires the support of mental health professionals yes, employer support, yes, but also the cultural support of peers. Many that suffer from mental health illnesses do not receive the support they need because they do not feel comfortable coming forward.

With that being said, we’ve compiled a few inspiring tweets from our peers in the health and wellbeing world to help convey that we’re all here, we’re all listening, and getting help is nothing to be ashamed of.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Want to get involved? Use the hashtag #worldmentalhealthday and tag @virginpulse to chat about how mental health is vital to your organization and ways that you’re addressing the stigma.

We can’t wait to learn from you!

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