Even though people want to talk about mental health at work they don’t. Research shows that people who experience mental health issues don’t talk about their conditions at work and that when conversations about mental health do occur, less than half are described as positive. UK charity Heads Together research reported that only 2% of employees would feel comfortable talking to their Human Resource about mental health issues.
Further Research shows that Millennial and GenZ employees do feel comfortable discussing their mental health and want less and less to hide mental illness at their jobs. Millennials and Gen Z-ers are attuned to their mental health, used to talking about their mental health and feel comfortable discussing their mental health. To them, discussing mental health is normal – Gen Z or millennials have grown up going to therapy or being on medication. They have family members and friends who help them fight stigma – family and friends who accept their mental illness. There’s a huge culture clash that happens when young workers start in the workplace where mental health is a taboo topic, where no one talks about mental illness as if it doesn’t exist. On the rare occasions there are conversations, the conversations are not positive. Co-workers don’t have enough education to be sensitive. Millennial and GenZ employees want to believe that their mental illness isn’t a weakness – they want to view their mental health issues in a positive way, they need encouragement and acceptance in all parts of their life. Inconsistencies or an absence of positive rhetoric in one environment can make it harder to fight the stigma of mental illness. It’s hard for young workers when no one at work is coming forward. When Millennial and GenZ employees don’t feel supported by their jobs they leave.
HAVACHAT conversations facilitate simple conversations that are safe and comfortable for people to talk about mental health issues at work. The conversations are discreet and confidential – privacy, confidentiality and anonymity is assured. HAVACHAT conversations help people to understand what mental health resources are available and how to use them. One of the most important things that the conversations do is empower people to realise that they are not alone, that there is hope and things will get better.