The Role of HR in Reducing Mental Health Stigma at Work

As the cost-of-living crisis escalates, employees are under increasing pressure, making personal sacrifices and dealing with mental health issues. It’s vital for employers to recognise these challenges and nurture an environment where employees feel comfortable sharing their concerns and prioritising their mental health. 


Consider this: when something is amiss, the risk of complications in the workplace increases, potentially leading to a domino effect on business operations. 


Here are three strategies HR can employ to diminish the stigma associated with seeking mental health support: 


  • Introduce an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) Organisations should think about providing an EAP to proactively tackle employees’ issues. EAPs are not just emergency fixes but essential tools for preventing problems from worsening, offering support for a range of issues.

    Addressing mental health as a core component of employee wellness is critical. Neglecting mental health can result in significant financial consequences, as mental health-related claims are often considerably more costly than those for physical health. 
  • Lead by Example The active involvement of leadership is crucial in promoting the EAP and motivating employees to participate. Leaders should engage with the EAP and share their experiences in a general manner to encourage their teams.

    Even if not personally affected, leaders should become acquainted with the EAP and its benefits. The more they advocate for it, the more likely employees will feel comfortable seeking help. 
  • Organise Training and Workshops Providing training and workshops equips leaders with the tools to encourage open communication within their teams, showing the company’s dedication to a supportive workplace.

    Highlighting the need for uniform training ensures that everyone, from managers to HR professionals, understands mental health first aid, helping them recognise and address their team members’ distress signals. 
  • Conclusion Alleviating the stigma of seeking help is essential for enhancing employee mental health support. HR can lead this change by deploying the strategies mentioned.

    Promoting an environment where speaking up and well-being are prioritised can lead to a more engaged and productive workforce. 


For assistance in integrating these approaches into your business strategy, contact Now Actually Human Resources. Together, we can foster a workplace culture that champions mental health and well-being.”