Emotional health is fundamental to health. Mental health is the successful performance of mental function, resulting in:
- productive activities,
- fulfilling relationships with other people,
- and the ability to adapt to change and to cope with adversity
and is essential to leading a healthy and productive life.
If we assign high priority to preventing disease and promoting personal well-being and public health; so too must we assign priority to the task of promoting mental health and preventing mental disorders.
According to a recent report by Watson Wyatt Worldwide and the National Business Group on Health the foremost sources of stress among the majority of employers are:
- Excessive work hours (75%)
- Lack of work/life balance (65%)
- Fears about job loss (64%),
and yet less than half are taking actions to address these issues.
Failure to deal with these stressors proactively can leave companies dealing with the fallout of poor mental health down the line. Which can have a significant impact on a company’s bottom line.
- Benchmarking/Assessment: Assessing the needs and priorities of your population in order to see where you are and where you want to get.
- Supportive Environment: Providing an environment in which organizational values, policies, norms, and initiatives support a healthy work culture.
- Integration: Making sure health promotion programs are embedded effectively within the structure of the organization.
- Linkage: Linking health strategies and interventions to other employee support services to optimize reach and effectiveness.
- Health Education: Implementing health promotion activities, interventions, strategies and programs that are evidence based and targeted to the needs of your employees.
- Evaluation: Evaluating the impact of your activities to see if you are creating the change and achieving the outcomes you had hoped for.