Understanding Mental Wellness in the Workplace

The passage of the Mental Health Law (Republic Act [RA] No. 11036) in June 2017, which was first proposed 17 years ago, has been hailed as a victory for Filipinos who are suffering because of the stigma attached with mental disorders.

But even with the passage of the law, many Filipinos still lack the knowledge and understanding of mental health. Many Filipinos seemed to disregard the seriousness of the issue and tend to avoid discussing it in their community.

A simple conversation and understanding from the society towards people who have mental health issues could contribute greatly to break this stigma.

Today, as what Dr. Paul Litchfield said – ‘Businesses that don’t take mental health seriously will not be successful……. the capabilities that companies require now center more on innovation, communication & emotional intelligence than just the more straightforward requirements of strength, dexterity & intellect that characterized previous eras.’

A wide body of evidence suggests that poor workplace mental health negatively affects performance at both the individual and organizational level. Among other outcomes, improving workplace mental health can boost employee satisfaction, engagement, and productivity; it can also reduce health costs, employee turnover, and lost work time. Under Section 25 of the RA 11036, it is mandated to promote Mental Health in the Workplace:

      • Raise Awareness on Mental Health Issues
      • Correct the Stigma & Discrimination associated with Mental Health conditions
      • Identify & provide support for individual at risk
      • Facilitate Access of individual with Mental Health condition to treatment & psychosocial support

Mental health is a continuum that everyone experiences and is affected by. Having good mental health is crucial to achieving overall health and well-being.

* Flor M. Glinoga, PhD is a Clinical Psychologist and is the President of Altabest Management Services, a corporate training services provider. She is an internationally recognized Management and HRD Consultant. With a PhD in Clinical Psychology and Masters in Development Management, Dr. Glinoga has a wealth of knowledge about individual, group, and organizational behavior.  For the past 36 years, she has engaged individuals and organizations in the change process to increase their productivity, efficiency and effectiveness to include HR Services, strategic business plan programs, develop leadership skills, and build self-mastery. Altabest can be reach through 0961-288761.