As job pressures mount, a day of hope and support

#WorldMentalHealthDay is trending on Twitter, shining a spotlight on workplace travails and the toll they take. Internal communicators can play a vital role.

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Today, Oct. 10, is World Mental Health Day.

This year’s theme, mental health in the workplace, is especially relevant to health care communicators seeking to cultivate an environment where workers can do their best without struggling with anxiety, depression and other disorders, as well as addictions.

As the World Health Organization points out on its website:

During our adult lives, a large proportion of our time is spent at work. Our experience in the workplace is one of the factors determining our overall wellbeing. Employers and managers who put in place workplace initiatives to promote mental health and to support employees who have mental disorders see gains not only in the health of their employees but also in their productivity at work. A negative working environment, on the other hand, may lead to physical and mental health problems, harmful use of substances or alcohol, absenteeism and lost productivity.

A WHO study reported on the Fortune magazine website notes the following:

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