How To Spot The Common Signs

Today is World Mental Health Day and the day marked for global mental health education awareness and advocacy. In Australia alone it is estimated that 45 per cent of the population will experience a mental health condition in their lifetime, depression and other forms of mental illness are costing Australian businesses nearly 11 billion dollars each year.

I recommend this informative post by Sonia McDonald CEO and Founder of Brisbane based Leadership HQ, where she highlights some alarming statistics and identifies the common signs of depression and anxiety you might see in your work colleagues. What resonates with me is the destructive nature of our 24 x 7 connectivity.

Sonia ‘s post starts here – Managing the Mental Health of Your Team

With each passing year it seems that our lives become busier, and more stressful. The Internet has helped all of us to reach out into the world and become more connected with one another, as well as more informed.

This increase in knowledge and constant connection, however, makes it difficult to unplug and take a break. Now, more than ever before, it really is too easy for our work duties to bleed over into our personal lives. Each of us is constantly “plugged in” and “on,” and multi-tasking as we’re on the go checking our emails, and returning phone calls, nearly around the clock. Add additional pressures to this scenario, such as the constant push to get more done at work with fewer resources, and you have the perfect recipe for stress related illnesses.

With this constant immersion in activity, it really should not come as a surprise to anyone that stress from our personal and professional lives is taking a toll. We see the results in the form of an increase in the number of sick days taken at work. More subtly, we see the results of stress taking a toll on the mental health of those that we work with, as well as ourselves.

“It is estimated that 45 per cent of Australians will experience a mental health condition in their lifetime. These conditions tend to affect individuals during their prime working years.”

WHY THE MENTAL HEALTH OF YOUR TEAM MATTERS

According to data reported by Heads Up and The Mentally Healthy Workplace Alliance, depression and other forms of mental illness are costing Australian businesses nearly 11 billion dollars each year. In addition to an increase in the number of sick days taken by employees, mental illness affects the morale and engagement of all employees and results in a decrease in productivity and efficiency. Read More..

Source: Mental Toughness Partners 

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