Why Is Mental Health Important in the Workplace


Taking care of mental health in the workplace means ensuring a healthy and positive working atmosphere. Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. In other words, an atmosphere in which employees have a clear picture of their obligations and responsibilities and at the same time feel supported and know that they can always openly communicate their needs and get help when needed.

What to do if you feel overwhelmed at work?

Dealing with symptoms and mental health difficulties can be challenging regardless of where you work. The good news is there are things you can do when you feel distracted and overwhelmed:

  • Take a break to eat and go outside for a walk
  • Take a break from using electronic devices or certain media for a period of time
  • Include deep breathing exercises throughout the day
  • Watch a funny video
  • Gather your attention
  • Do not neglect self-care. Take breaks and eat healthily.

It is best to voice a concern or suspicion when you notice sudden changes in a colleague’s mood and behavior. Offer support but don’t force the story and let them decide when to share what they’re going through.

Here are mental health first aid tips to support a colleague:

  • Be an advocate for a healthy work environment. Suggest low-cost or free wellness strategies to improve everyone’s mental well-being.
  • Ask how you can help them
  • Respect their privacy and decisions.
  • Do not turn them off. Continue to do your normal daily activities with them.
  • Avoid adding unnecessary comments, as they can make them feel worse.

Most employees struggle with mental illness due to work stress, poor communication and management, unclear tasks, and inadequate Health and Safety practices.

These stressors can lead to high absenteeism, low productivity and morale, and high staff turnover if left untreated.

Mental health difficulties are among the most severe health problems. They can negatively affect work performance and disrupt daily functioning. Poor mental health and well-being in the workplace result in lower productivity and affects the physical capacity of workers. However, burnout is a reality, and we all feel it, regardless of whether you work from the office or remotely. Psychological research indicates that improving the health and well-being of employees not only enhances their quality of life and increases motivation, productivity, engagement, and energy for work. At Codevix, we strive to provide a positive working environment characterized by flexibility, transparency, empathy, and understanding towards employees and their needs, as well as resources for the same.