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  • Jordan Strate

Combating Societal Stigma Around Mental Health in the Workplace

Mental health is just as important as physical health, but sometimes people feel embarrassed or scared to talk about it. This is called stigma. Let's explore how stigma affects the workplace and what we can do to help.

Two employees talk about ending mental health stigma in the workplace

What is Stigma?

Stigma means treating someone unfairly or judging them because of something, like a mental health problem. In the workplace, stigma can make people feel bad or scared to talk about their mental health. This can make problems worse and stop people from getting the help they need.

How Stigma Affects the Workplace

  1. Fear of Speaking Up: People might not talk about their mental health because they’re afraid of being judged or treated differently.

  2. Increased Stress: Hiding mental health problems can make stress and anxiety worse.

  3. Lower Productivity: When people don’t get the help they need, they might not work as well.

Ways to Combat Stigma

  1. Talk Openly About Mental Health: The more we talk about mental health, the more normal it becomes. Share stories and encourage conversations.

  2. Educate Employees: Teach people about mental health and why it’s important. Understanding can help reduce fear and judgment.

  3. Supportive Policies: Create policies that support mental health, like allowing time off for therapy appointments.

  4. Lead by Example: Managers and leaders should talk about their own mental health and show that it’s okay to ask for help.

Self-Care Strategies for Mental Well-being

Taking care of our mental health is important. Here are some self-care tips:

  1. Take Breaks: Short breaks during work can help reduce stress. Go for a walk or do some stretches.

  2. Stay Active: Exercise is great for mental health. It can be as simple as a daily walk or playing a sport you enjoy.

  3. Healthy Eating: Eating nutritious foods helps keep your brain healthy. Try to eat fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.

  4. Stay Connected: Talking to friends or family can help you feel supported. Don’t be afraid to share how you’re feeling.

  5. Relaxation Techniques: Try deep breathing, meditation, or yoga to help calm your mind.

  6. Get Enough Sleep: Make sure you’re getting enough rest. A good night’s sleep helps your brain work well.


Stigma around mental health in the workplace can make it hard for people to get the help they need. By talking openly, educating others, and creating supportive policies, we can combat stigma and make the workplace a better place for everyone. Remember to take care of your own mental health with self-care strategies. Everyone deserves to feel happy and healthy at work.


Let’s work together to create a workplace where everyone feels safe and supported!

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