Topic on the agenda of companies and institutions

Mental health is on the agenda. Mental and emotional health challenges have always been present, but are often ill-defined, misdiagnosed and, above all, a taboo subject, and still very difficult to ask for 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 their own potential, is able to handle the stresses of normal life, can work productively and productively, and is able to contribute to his own life. own life.

According to the World Health Organization, depression is the most common health problem, being the main cause of disability in the world and in Portugal affecting approximately 10% of citizens.

It is estimated that around 20% of Portuguese people have suffered some type of mental crisis or disorder in the 12 months preceding the request for medical assistance. In Europe, we are the second worst country (just overtaking Northern Ireland) in terms of workplace health promotion, and in March 2021 Portugal topped the list. classification who assesses the risk burnt In 26 countries of 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 around the world 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 worry about retaliation or potential dismissal if they openly ask for help. to overcome these problems.

According to the study “Resetting Normal: Defining a New Era of Action”, 2021 edition**, from the Adecco Group, it was pointed out that burnt The next epidemic could be among professionals. According to this survey, conducted between May and June 2021, which covered approximately 15,000 professionals in 25 countries around the world, 34% of women and 29% of men said that their well-being had deteriorated during their the year. . And that number keeps getting worse, with 54% of young leaders saying they’ve experienced burnout in the past 12 months.

According to the same study, leaders do not seem to have sufficient tools to support employee well-being. More than half of managers struggle to detect when team members are experiencing mental health issues (53%), or fatigue or burnout (51%).

This translates into a societal problem that needs to be confronted openly, as organizations have well-defined strategies to support the mental health and well-being of their employees. Clear and effective processes must be in place to identify and address mental health issues as they arise. Establish effective communication, obtain comment In real time, via surveys or training coaching Which allows for timely feedback on how the team is handling situations Stress or anxiety at work. There are training programs, mentors who can be hired, counselors, and professionals trained in organizational psychology who can be hired to help ensure the success of a mental health strategy. There needs to be a culture of transparency and employees need to 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 the well-being of their employees, able to relieve levels of anxiety and fatigue. In MBA programs, the emphasis is on comprehensive training, which combines technical management skills with leadership development. With software that includes technologies and resources Full concentration of the mind And coaching Individual and collective, helping to increase complexreduce levels StressIncrease flexibility, contribute to agility, teamwork and conflict management. Recognize that this comprehensive education contributes to personal and professional growth, improves performance, enhances motivation and creativity, and reinforces the mission of MBA programs to develop leaders capable of having a positive impact on individuals, organizations and communities in which they operate.

Executive Director Lisbon Cattolica MBA | New

*Data collected during an interview with the President of the Faculty of Psychiatry of 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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