694-Destigmatizing Mental Health
Episode Title: Destigmatizing Mental Health
Compared to older generations, young people today are more willing to talk about the mental health hurdles they face. Here’s why this is needed, next on The Perna Syndicate.
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Welcome to The Perna Syndicate today! This week we’ve been talking about the ever-present topic of mental health in the workplace and how we can support young people in their desire to normalize this discussion.
Unfortunately, struggling with your mental health still comes with a bit of stigma. But young people are ready to change that. The ability to be open about struggles and search for solutions to their stressors is one of their key traits.
Remote work has only increased the need to normalize mental health solutions, as people struggle to balance their personal and professional lives.
Case in point: a recent study by TalentLMS and BambooHR reported that 82% of Gen Z employees find it important to have mental health days. Another half want mental health training as well.
The task of helping people feel supported in this area is increasingly falling onto employers. It takes more than just making mental health resources available through the company. We also need to destigmatize the need for such services.
This is a big factor in retaining employees, especially younger ones. Mental health is fast becoming one of their most important priorities. Normalizing these types of conversations only improves the environment of a workplace—and moves you closer to a culture where people feel safe and secure.
Tomorrow: How can we see the shift toward a mentally healthy workforce as an investment, not just an expense? We’ll answer this and more, next time on The Perna Syndicate. See you then!