Today, Thursday 6 February, is Time to Talk Day. It presents an opportunity for us all to raise awareness of mental health issues and advocate against social stigma, ensuring that all our colleagues feel comfortable being open and honest and their authentic selves at work.

The more conversations we have about mental health, the more myths we can bust and barriers we can break down – helping to end the isolation, shame and worthlessness that too many of us feel when experiencing a mental health problem.

Opening the mental health conversation at work has real benefits

It’s a common fear that talking about negative emotions makes them worse — the truth is that it can empower and validate the people around you. Not talking about them, on the other hand, allows them to fester and become something much worse.

When someone is struggling with their emotional health, they may feel isolated and scared at work. They don’t know whether they can be honest with you about why they were late or why they seem less chipper than usual.

On an individual level, if an employee feels safe and supported, they stay longer and do better work. It’s just that simple. Having their back will alleviate the stress they feel and help them find their strengths in the midst of what they’re struggling with. They know you value them, and they stick with you in return.

The positive effects of an open and honest culture benefit every aspect of your business. Even for those who don’t struggle with their mental health, being able to bring their whole selves to work comes as a massive relief. And, normalizing tough conversations allows co-workers to be more direct with each other, keeping the team agile. 

So how can you get involved?

Below are some resources to help your organisation start the conversation to help raise understanding of mental health stigma in a way that’s not intimidating or awkward.

Take our Wellness Quiz to start conversations:

Discuss Wellness Facts:

Watch Wellness Videos:

Encourage Workplace Wellness Training:

Download Wellness Posters for your workplace: