Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Education as a Business Strategy
Thursday, Oct 20 2022
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Mental health and suicide prevention education needs to be addressed in the workplace to ensure employee and organizational success. This can be done by utilizing mental health and suicide prevention as a beneficial business strategy. Mental health disorders and illness have heightened due to the stress-inducing era of COVID-19, so mental health conversations in the workplace are needed more than ever before. Training focused on mental health and suicide prevention can be used as business strategy to minimize negative outcomes like absenteeism and costs related to mental illness. Mental health-centric training also results in various positive outcomes like employee productivity, relationships, attitudes and behaviors. Mental health support at work is also proven to increase employee engagement and retention.
Starting a conversation about employee well-being and mental health in a world where mental illness is still stigmatized can be daunting. Not everyone is instantly receptive to this information, and there may be resistance and hesitation. Although, breaking these barriers to connect with your employees is worth it. Training and education will teach employees why mental health awareness and conversation is needed and beneficial to individuals and the organization. In this presentation, we will provide timely statistics about mental illness prevalence in the workplace and how they impact businesses. We will also discuss strategies to initiate mental health conversations that lead to individual and organizational success.
The best way to implement mental health and suicide prevention training in the workplace is to embed the conversation in your organization’s culture. This systematically prioritizes employees and proves that your organization cares about their wellbeing. Proactively providing mental health education and resources can be done by weaving training into your organization’s wellness program, health safety policies, and employee assistance benefits program. Training, activities and events can be conducted on a frequent basis to keep mental health conversation active and alive. Proactive mental health and suicide prevention training and activities can complement existing mental health benefits like free counseling sessions or mental health screenings. The Mental Health Foundation of West Michigan developed the preventative be nice. action plan and program to instruct employees to notice, invite, challenge and empower when it comes to mental health. The be nice. action plan is a simple, four-step action plan that equips employees with the knowledge and confidence to take action when it comes to mental health. The be nice. action place is evidence-based and is proven to result in positive institutional outcomes. The overarching goal of our mental health and suicide prevention education program is to increase awareness and education about how employees think, act and feel: their mental health.
Once mental health and suicide prevention education is embedded into a company's culture, employees will become mentally resilient and self-aware. They will consider how their behavior and actions impact those around them. They will also be knowledgeable about the professional services they can access to seek help when needed. The mission of the Mental Health Foundation of West Michigan is to equip individuals with knowledge to recognize, understand, accept and take action when it comes to mental health. This is achieved through business specific mental health and suicide prevention education training and programming. As a result, your organization's culture will positively transform to a caring and supportive environment that welcomes mental health conversation. Mental health will be celebrated, rather than shied away from. Conversation, transparency and education about mental health in the workplace is proven to result in numerous organizational benefits. Absenteeism and mental health costs wi