The “Mental Health Month” concept first started in America in the year 1949 and has been going on there since then. Americans were indeed among the first ones to acknowledge the importance of mental health and raise awareness about it! Almost 70 years on, it is about time, we give mental health its due in a developing country like ours where we are trying to grow at a never seen before pace. On one hand, it is a matter of pride, whereas on the other, it is causing a lot of stresses and strains on our resources and even on our health!
When we talk about health, we normally focus on physical health. But health, as per the dictionary, is not merely an absence of diseases. It is a state of complete physical, mental and emotional well-being.
There are some stark statistics based on numerous researches that can only reinforce our belief to start taking care of our mental wellness, if we want to lead a truly happy and purposeful life. Some of the headlines we come across in the leading dailies of our country are:
- “India on the verge of becoming the suicide capital of the world”
- “Nearly 56% of corporate employees sleep less than 6 hours”
- “Number of people affected by mental health issues in India is larger than the population of Japan”
- “Workplace stress is on the rise in Indian metros”
- And the list goes on…….
When it comes to corporate India, it will not be an exaggeration to say that “A better mental/emotional health leads to a healthier and productive workplace leading to both employee and employer benefit”. Mentally healthy and present employee, will be more efficient and productive, directly affecting the bottom-line.
Whether you are an employer or an employee, focusing on mental health and doing something to ensure happier work environment is a win-win for everybody.
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