How We Can Help Make Our Places of Work Better
Our workplace is where we spend a good portion of our lives. For five days of the week, we are at our office for the majority of the day.
We form friendships with our co-workers (or even rivalries), and it becomes a place of familiarity for us. When we spend so much time at this place, we have to make sure that it is conducive to our health.
As people who have gone through recovery, we can be proponents of making sure that workplaces are changing to accommodate more and more people. Mental health is one of the parts of our society’s movement towards inclusiveness, and it is also an integral part of maintaining equality.
We have seen several companies launch initiatives to make sure that those struggling with mental health feel like they are heard and supported. Still, it is vital to make sure that these efforts are not just constrained to those companies.
Spreading awareness and education to other companies is a critical way to keep the momentum going forward. Mental health is something that affects people at every level, and there are many steps we can take to keep this education going.
It is essential to keep in mind the ways that mental health can affect different groups of people, depending on their backgrounds and ethnicities.
Disparities in Mental Health
Research shows that Black-American, Hispanic, and Latinx respondents were more likely to have experienced every symptom of a mental health experience compared to all respondents. Additionally, 47% of all Black-American and Hispanic or Latinx respondents had left a job, at least in part, for mental health reasons compared to 32% of Caucasian respondents.
There is obviously some disparity regarding how different people’s mental health is affected by the workplace. This means that we have to find ways to make the workplace inclusive and equal.
The first thing to do is make sure that we speak up, and that everyone’s story is both valued and considered. We have to hold everyone’s experiences as equal. If we want to break down these barriers and stigmas while destroying inequalities, we can’t put anyone’s story above another’s.
The culture of the workplace has to be open to new thoughts and ideas. Workers have to be open-minded to hearing new ideas and views that are different from their own.
We have to be willing to have tough conversations with each other and be ready to challenge ourselves to change. There could be instances where our way of thinking is shown to be wrong or flawed.
We have to be able to take those instances and use them as a moment to learn. Then, we have to be open to change, always looking forward to progress in better ways. By having these conversations and adopting this way of thinking, we can begin to create new policies and benefits to help with mental health.
We can start to see better care given to people in the workplace for their mental health. But it’s not just about making sure that these benefits are given to people, but also about people understanding why these benefits are provided.
It’s not enough to know that they exist, we have to understand the intricacies of mental health. This is all part of allowing these platforms to be open for people to talk about their experiences. If we open these lines of communication, we can enable more and more people to feel heard and understood.
Be the Change You Wish to See
The workplace doesn’t have to be stagnant. As with all parts of our lives after recovery, we must work to improve our workplace, making it a healthier place for everyone. If we keep having tough conversations, then we can make progress.
We have to treat all ideas and thoughts equally, take everyone’s beliefs into consideration, and view everyone as equal in their experiences. Remember that everyone’s experiences are different and that mental health affects different groups in various ways, but that doesn’t mean any story is inferior.
Everyone needs to be heard and we can be the people to listen. Be the catalyst you want to see in your place of work, and you can see the change quickly. The world is evolving, and we are along with. Keep your eyes looking forward, your feet moving, and let’s all keep walking towards a better tomorrow.
If you, or anyone you know, is struggling with anxiety or mental illness, do not hesitate to contact the team here at True Recovery. Our program, founded in 2014, is built around finding what’s best for you to overcome your addiction. Our facility is located in Newport Beach, California, with our supportive housing located close to our campus in Costa Mesa. Take advantage of the local beaches, nature preserves, and Orange County community while we fight for you. Contact us at (866) 399-6528 or [email protected]