Stigma is the presence of negative attitudes, prejudices or false beliefs regarding someone else’s attributes, circumstances or health symptoms. In a mental health context, stigma often manifests as shaming or discrimination against those afflicted.
Stigma may prevent a person experiencing a mental health issue from seeking help in a timely manner, potentially leading to poorer health outcomes. For example, employees might hide or ignore risks to their mental health for fear of negative repercussions such as being treated differently or losing their job.
It’s important to create a culture where it’s safe to discuss mental health concerns without fear of stigma or discrimination.
The nilo.health program “Talking about mental health at work” gives leaders and managers valuable advice on recognizing the signs of mental health struggle, reaching out to employees when there is cause for concern and responding when approached by an employee. Additionally, programs such as “Address your stress” and “Fix your work-life balance” help educate your staff on early intervention practices and focus on wellness.
One-on-one psychological support and webinars and group sessions on critical topics, such as DEI, round out the offering.
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