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What Type of Workplace Interventions Can Be Used for Those with Mental Disorders?

What Type of Workplace Interventions Can Be Used for Those with Mental Disorders?

According to Mental Health in America (MHA), 1 in 5 adults in the United States have a mental health condition – that means that whether it’s you or a colleague, you’re likely working amongst several people in your company who are trying to manage a mental disorder. While this may seem intimidating, the reality is that depression, anxiety, and other conditions are so common just rarely discussed in the workplace – making interventions a wonderful place to begin. MHA reports that 56% of American adults do not seek treatment for their disorder, likely due to the following reasons: 1) fear of stigma, 2) fear of losing respect/promotion opportunities in the workplace, 3) the belief that mental illness isn’t real.

Since mental illness has been proven to directly impact employee absenteeism rates and workplace performance, it’s important that businesses and organizations come together to educate employees on the signs and symptoms, as well as resources to improve one’s mental condition. A 2016 study published in the journal Psychological Medicine sought to explore the effectiveness of workplace mental health interventions; approximately 481 studies were analyzed, and the following interventions were found:

  • Cognitive behavioral therapy-based (CBT) stress management
  • Enhancing employee control
  • Exposure therapy
  • Promotion of physical activity
  • Problem-focused return-to-work programs
  • Secondary prevention interventions such as counselling

Researchers analyzed these studies to see which were deemed most effective. Overall, it seems that a number of these interventions had a direct positive effect on employees. Thus, the right intervention can provide employees with an opportunity to learn more about mental illness and ways to go about treating it. Of course, interventions held at work should highlight work-related factors associated with mental illness, such as: absenteeism, work engagement, productivity, and more.

For many businesses, employees could benefit from hearing someone from the Human Resources Department explain the support they have when it comes to mental illness, and the options they have should an issue arise with their mental health. As the World Health Organization (WHO) emphasizes, mental illnesses such as depression and anxiety have a significant economic impact, costing the global economy approximately $1 trillion per year in lost productivity in workplaces. A number of risk to mental health include:

  • Inadequate health and safety policies
  • Poor communication and management practices
  • Low-control or participation in the decision-making processes of one’s work
  • Low levels of support from employees
  • Inflexible working hours
  • Unclear tasks or organizational objectives

If you haven’t already, speak with a professional from a reputable treatment center today to learn more about programs to best suit your needs. Recovery is possible.

The Center for Professional Recovery offers individualized treatment programs for professionals in a range of industries. Call us today for information on our specialized treatment: 855-422-4129

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