BP: Workplaces need to build more awareness and have more conversations around mental health and mental illnesses and how these things tend to impact our productivity. A cultural shift in the workplace is required where managers and leaders are taught how to have more meaningful conversations with their employees regarding such issues.
They also need clear policies in place in terms of leave that could be taken and support that could be offered by the team to an employee going through depression or other mental health issues.
Many companies have employee assistance programs where the company pays for the employee's therapy. Sometimes, it even extends to the employee’s family. There could be three to five free sessions, and sometimes even more. However, most employees don’t use this benefit for fear of negative repercussions such as a poor performance appraisal, their professional responsibilities being curtailed by the management, or in the worst-case scenario, being terminated from the job. Hence, organizations have a lot of work to do in order to make it a safe place for employees to come forward and avail such benefits.