Magazine article Clinical Psychiatry News

Perspective

Magazine article Clinical Psychiatry News

Perspective

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The key to successful workplace mental health interventions lies with leadership.

The leadership has to understand that illnesses like depression cause employees to take time off from work and to be less productive when at work. The result is a loss of revenue, productivity, creativity, and learning--all of which compromise an organization's ability to accomplish its mission.

Other tools for success include on-the-job screening for mental illness, insurance benefits that allow for parity between physical health and mental health, a climate in which employees feel safe in acknowledging their illness, and appropriate care. A healthy work culture understands the ecology of the work environment, encourages a sense of team and cooperative learning, and promotes a shared vision among employees.

If employees are not okay, their work will not be okay, and the company will not achieve its mission. The equation is simple, yet it is not always embraced, because employers have a scarcity mentality. They are afraid that if they give their employees opportunities to cultivate mental wellness or to get treatment for mental illness on the job, their bottom line will suffer. …

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