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All Work and No Play Makes the Mind a Dull Place: the Importance of Mental Health at Work


Mental health is an essential aspect of holistic well-being. A supportive work environment can promote positive mental health, reduce stress, and increase productivity. However, mental health concerns are often overlooked or dismissed, leading to negative consequences for both the employee and the organisation.


Here’s an example of a work-related mental health journey experienced by many:

Typically, an employee is excited to start their new job. They feel motivated and energised, ready to take on new challenges. However, sometimes after a few weeks, the employee starts to feel overwhelmed and stressed. They are struggling to keep up with the workload, and the pressure is mounting. The employee starts to feel anxious, irritable, and withdrawn. These emotions impact their sleep, leading to them feeling fatigued all the time.



When things start to go downhill

At this point, the employee decides to talk to their supervisor. However, their supervisor dismisses their concerns, telling them to "just push through" and "toughen up." The employee feels unsupported and discouraged, which further exacerbates their mental health concerns. As time goes on, the employee's mental health continues to deteriorate. They are having trouble focusing on their work, and their productivity is decreasing. They are taking more sick days, and their relationships with their co-workers are strained. Their mental health issues have manifested into physical ones with headaches and stomach-aches decreasing their ability to work effectively.

Seeking help

Eventually, the employee decides to seek professional help. They visit their doctor, who diagnoses them with depression and recommends therapy. The employee also talks to their HR representative, who informs them about the company's mental health resources, such as an employee assistance program (EAP).



With the support of their therapist and the EAP, the employee starts to feel better. They learn coping strategies and develop a better understanding of their mental health concerns. They also talk to their supervisor again, this time explaining the severity of their mental health concerns and requesting reasonable accommodations, such as a flexible work schedule or reduced workload. This time, their supervisor is more understanding and supportive, and they work together to find solutions that work for both the employee and the organisation.

Reaching out helps

Over time, the employee's mental health improves, and they feel more comfortable in the workplace. They are more productive and engaged, and their relationships with their co-workers improve. They also feel grateful for the support they received from their employer and the resources that were available to them.

This employee's journey highlights the importance of considering mental health in the workplace. When mental health concerns are ignored or dismissed, it can have negative consequences for both the employee and the organisation. It has been proven that when employers prioritise mental health and provide resources and support, it can lead to a more productive and engaged workforce.

If you're experiencing difficulties with your mental health do not hesitate to consult a healthcare professional.


At Clinipath, we also offer corporate health packages for your staff. Feel free to contact us today at +356 21221355, 9985 2404, or via email at info@clinipath.com.mt.

To learn more about our company health program, visit https://www.clinipath.com.mt/company-health-program.


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