The Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM) CSR Council, hosted a webinar on ‘Mental Wellness at Workplace’, as part of its ‘Illness to Wellness’ initiative.
The objective of the webinar was to promote awarenss about mental health at the workplace and also impart knowledge on how to enjoy work-life balance and remain health and happy.
Ira Trivedi, Indian author, columnist and Yoga teacher spoke about how work stress can take a toll on people’s mental health and how each individual has the right to work in a secure and healthy atmosphere. Pointing out how “human eyes are directly connected to the brain”, she stressed on the importance of protecting it by “reducing screen time”.
Jannat Zubair, the Indian actress gave her insights on performance stress and how to deal with someone who is depressed. She admitted how intimidating it can be at work “with people judging you and your work”. When a “sense of self-doubt” creeps in, she said “it is important to talk it out with your friends, family or counselor to cope with the situation. Interpersonal Communication is the key, and one must reach out to closed ones in tough times. She also stated that constant social media use can result in negative emotion including depression, loneliness, jealousy, anxiety and general dissatisfaction with life. She explained that a digital detox, that is, abstaining from technology and social media can help relax the mind.
Rajesh Kesari, founder and director Total Care Control, Delhi – NCR EC Member, RSSDI stated that it is crucial to make people aware about mental illnesses and stress, and how to make mental health a priority.
According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), more than half the world’s population is currently employed and 15 per cent of working-age adults live with a mental disorder.
In the absence of adequate care, mental illnesses such as depression and anxiety can have an impact on a person’s sense of self-worth and identity at work, ability to perform productively, absenteeism, and ease of retaining or obtaining employment. Work-life balance is crucial for a successful career and advancement, and therefore, it is necessary to emphasise on mental health at the workplace.