#WorldMentalHealthDay: India Inc. on mental health awareness at workplace

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Talking about mental health at the workplace can decrease the stigma around it and feel more comfortable asking for help. In the current scenario, discussing mental health is acceptable and it has become an important topic of conversation that will go a long way in reducing the reluctance employees have around talking about their struggles.

We spoke to various industry leaders on mental health awareness at the workplace. Here is what they had to say:

Harshvendra Soin, Global Chief People Officer & Head – Marketing, Tech Mahindra

“At Tech Mahindra, we believe in ‘Wellness before Business’. As employee well-being continues to be amongst our topmost priorities, on the occasion of World Mental Health Day, we have introduced ‘Mind Plan’, a mental health initiative that will provide daily doses of mindful tips and exercises to help our employees relax and feel positive during challenging times. We are also partnering with professional counselors and experts to organise various wellness webinars like ‘Ease your Stress’, for our employees, to help them manage stress and build resilience. In addition to this, we also have in place, a Holistic Health and Wellness Portal and a Central Wellness team along with a network of Wellness Warriors to drive wellness initiatives and campaigns locally and extend 24×7 support for our employees.”

Dr Vandita Gupta, Mental Health Diplomat India Lead and Director, Ethicon Wound Closure, Bio Surgery, Johnson & Johnson

“Undoubtedly, the pandemic caused a tremendous change in how we manage work and our personal lives. As organisations adapted to remote working, it became crucial to adapt to new and flexible ways of work to balance employee needs with that of the organisation. Emotional and mental support in challenging times like these is critical, and as employers we want to do our best to support our people. At Johnson & Johnson we are trying our best to remove barriers and
change how mental health and well-being is understood, treated, and prioritised for everyone so that they can bring their best selves to their lives, work, and communities.”

Moushumi Dhar, Head-HR, Compass India Development Center

“Prioritising and ensuring the mental well-being of our people became a major part of the company policy and initiatives. We have created a platform called ‘Abhinandan’ where we invite independent as well as upcoming musical artists to regularly perform live for our employees. New joiners are welcomed to Compass followed by an artist performance, of course, all of it is virtual. We also provide employee-focused assistance on mental health support to improve and boost the overall productivity and well-being of our teams. This includes special initiatives like “Art for Heart” wherein employees curated and offered their art pieces and participated in an in-house auction.”

Rajiv Bhalla, Managing Director, Barco

“As we prepare to celebrate World Mental Health Day, Barco has initiated the month-long ‘Let’s Address The Elephant In The Room’ campaign to help employees discover ways to address and enhance their emotional well-being. Barco has always been focused on the overall wellbeing of employees. Under the novel initiative, we have collaborated with 1to1help and are offering employees and their loved ones the opportunity to connect with expert counsellors and seek guidance to improve their quality of life. Caring about people is in our company’s DNA and we aim to establish a culture that places top priority on safety and health. In these daunting times, we have to stand up for, and with, each other as it becomes more important than ever to create a working environment in which people feel safe and cared for.”

Rituparna Mandal, General Manager, Media Tek India

“At MediaTek, we believe that employees are our biggest asset, and we make consistent efforts to empower them. The pandemic has placed unprecedented challenges before us and MediaTek has managed to overcome these difficulties only because of the positive mindset and proactive responsibility demonstrated by our colleagues. As our employees counter challenges arising out of the work from home scenario, we have launched a month-long campaign to help them cope with many of these issues. Our #BeMindFit: Fit Mind + Fit Body = Fitter U campaign, launched on the occasion of World Mental Health Day, includes a series of curated programmes such as informative webinars, health tips, fun sessions to alleviate stress, panel discussions on various facets of mental health, health newsletters, etc. and the initiative is expected to empower employees and enhance their mental wellbeing over the longer term.”

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