Category Archives: Mental Health

Why investment in your employees’ mental health pays off

Mental Health

Mental Health

Physical and mental health is important for all human beings. We all know that we should invest in our physical and mental well-being, but if you are honest with yourself: Do you really invest enough into your own health?

Do you eat healthy? Do you exercise regularly? Do you sleep enough? Most people’s answer to these questions would probably be ‘no’. Organisations face the same challenges as individuals just on a different level. They need to keep several hundred or even several thousand employees healthy. 

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What can an organisation do to maintain or improve its employees’ mental health?

Employees’ mental health

Employees’ mental health

Smart companies are aware of what Mr Dee Hock wants to express in his quote: You are only as good as the people who work for you and it is a competitive advantage if the people you have employed are not only well-qualified for the position, but also mentally and physically healthy.

I wrote about the financial burden of mental health disorders in one of my previous articles. Today I want to offer a range of easy strategies to improve your employees’ mental health.

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Seeing a psychologist: like visiting the dentist. Or not?

Seeing a psychologist

Seeing a psychologist

Mental Health Awareness Month has indeed generated a lot of talk about mental health related issues among the layperson and professions alike. All of which we should be highly grateful for, considering the amount of stigma and resistance mental health issues are met with in Namibia, and other countries worldwide alike.

Why exactly it is that we are still hesitant to address these concerns and speak openly about them, could keep you and I both busy for quite some time. But that would not be the point of this article. Let us rather focus our energy on addressing an issue which haunts us all: seeing the dentist. 

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Reducing stigma around mental health

Stigma around mental health

Stigma around mental health

Common phrases like “I’m not crazy” or “Do I look like I belong in a loony bin?” still seem to be parallel to Psychology or counselling in Namibia in this day and age. The question needs to be asked; are people still so misinformed regarding mental health? Or is it more a case of self-stigmatisation? It deems necessary to inspect what brings about these misconceptions and whether it can be eliminated.

The stigma surrounding mental health may possibly stem from earlier beliefs that people with pathologies were viewed as crazy, violent or even possessed.

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Emotionally Stable Organisational Culture

I recently spoke to a dear friend of mine Paul Ter Wal in Holland about Values and Culture. It is always fascinating to see how that perspectives internationally are different and yet similar in many ways. Paul has highlighted a challenge that I have observed in Namibia so many times and, in my humble opinion, managed to find an innovative new approach to tackling it. I trust you are now interested enough to gain more information and convert that to knowledge that will move you and your organisation forward.

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