Mental health is on the agenda. Mental and emotional health challenges have always been present, but are often poorly defined, misdiagnosed and, above all, a taboo subject, and still very difficult to seek help to overcome situations related to stress, anxiety and depression, among others.
The World Health Organization defines mental health as a state of well-being in which each individual realizes his or her own potential, is able to handle the stresses of normal life, can work productively and productively, and is able to contribute to his or her own life.
According to the World Health Organization, depression is the most common health problem, being the leading cause of disability in the world and in Portugal affecting about 10% of citizens.
It is estimated that about 20% of Portuguese experienced some type of seizure or mental disorder in the 12 months prior to seeking medical support. In Europe, we are the second worst country (just overtaking Northern Ireland) in terms of occupational health promotion, and in March 2021, Portugal was at the top of the list. classification who assesses risk Burnt In 26 countries in the European Union *.
Indeed, mental health, well-being, fatigue (Burnt) And Stress It has been hotly debated by leaders and professionals since the start of the pandemic. Even before the pandemic, according to the American Psychiatric Association, one in four people worldwide will experience or have experienced a mental health problem at some point in their life. But despite the existence of these problems, it is still difficult to talk about them. The same organization reports that only one in five workers feel comfortable talking about mental health issues at work, and more than a third are concerned about potential retaliation or dismissal if they openly seek help to overcome these problems.
According to the study “Resetting Normal: Defining a New Era of Action”, 2021** edition, by the Adecco Group, it has been emphasized that Burnt The next epidemic could be among professionals. According to this survey, conducted between May and June 2021, which covered about 15,000 professionals in 25 countries around the world, 34% of women and 29% of men said that their well-being worsened over the year. . And that number is getting worse, with 54% of young leaders claiming to have experienced burnout in the past 12 months.
According to the same study, leaders do not appear to have sufficient tools to support employee well-being. More than half of managers find it difficult to detect when team members are experiencing mental health issues (53%), or fatigue or burnout (51%).
This translates into a societal problem that must be openly confronted, as organizations have well-defined strategies to promote the mental health and well-being of their employees. Clear and effective processes should be in place to identify and treat mental health issues as they arise. Implement effective communication, get comment In real time, through surveys or training sessions training Which allows timely information on how the team handles situations Stress or anxiety in the workplace. There are training programs, mentors who can be hired, counselors and professionals trained in organizational psychology who can be hired to help ensure a successful mental health strategy. There must be a culture of transparency and employees must be aware of the resources and tools available to them.
In this context, business schools play a key role in training leaders and managers to take responsibility and focus on supporting the well-being of their employees, capable of relieving levels of anxiety and fatigue. In MBA programs, the focus is on comprehensive training, which combines technical management skills with leadership development. With software that includes technologies and resources Full focus of the mind And training Individual and groups, helping to increase self consciousto reduce levels StressIncrease flexibility, contribute to agility, teamwork and conflict management. Recognize that this comprehensive training helps personal and professional growth, improve performance, enhance motivation and creativity, and strengthen the mission of MBA programs to train leaders who are able to make a positive impact on the individuals, organizations, and communities in which they operate.
Executive Director Lisbon Cattolica MBA | new
*Data collected from an interview with the President of the Faculty of Psychiatry at the Portuguese Medical Association in https://www.jn.pt/especiais/descobrir-mentes/a-saude-mental-em-portugal-tem-um-longo-historico-deausencia-de-investimento-publico-13810819.html
** Data collected in “Reset Normal: Define a New Era of Action, 2021 Edition” Addeco Group in https://www.adecco.pt/todas-as-noticias/54-dos-jovens-lideres-com-burnout/.
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