It could be a co-worker, your aunt or the man you wave at each morning when you order your favorite coffee. Or maybe it’s you. Chances are, someone in your life is affected by mental illness. It’s time to talk about it.
Around one in four people globally and one in five people in the U.S. are affected by mental health issues each year. Most times, you don’t see it. You don’t hear about it. Because most people don’t talk about it. When they don’t talk about it, they don’t reach out for the help they need. It’s hard, it’s personal, and no one wants to be judged unfairly. But the issue is real. It affects every aspect of life. It’s time to change the conversation and stop the stigma that surrounds mental illness.
Mental health in the workplace matters. The people of Accenture are ready to talk about it. They strive to create an inclusive, supportive work environment where people feel free to be their authentic selves. By normalizing the mental health conversation, the stigma stops. People will gain the confidence to reach out when they need help, be prepared to see the signs, and offer support to the people in their lives that need it, too.
In recognition of World Mental Health Day on Oct. 10, Accenture is spotlighting its programs that raise awareness and reduce the stigma around mental health issues:
Mental Health Ally Networks. The dedicated employees who volunteer to become a mental health ally (currently in Australia, the U.K. or the U.S.) are keeping the conversation going. They’re passionate about helping others, and if a co-worker is struggling, they are there to offer support and point them in the direction of professional resources to help.
Mindful Performance Program. Accenture’s Mindful Performance Program is a learning experience open to all employees looking to enhance focus and resilience and reduce stress. Held in five virtual 90-minute sessions, it teaches mental techniques and strategies to decrease distractedness, stress and emotional exhaustion in a busy work life. It even offers a mobile app with short exercises to clear your mind, sharpen your focus and help you be your best self.
#StopStigma Initiative. People with mental health issues face discrimination in the workplace, so many don’t seek the help they need. The Accenture #StopStigma initiative shines a light on mental illness. People of Accenture share personal stories, creating an environment where it’s acceptable to talk about mental health, where people feel comfortable to reach out when they’re in need.
Read how mental health hits home for Mark, an Accenture employee, and why he’s proud to be a mental health ally.
It’s time to talk about it. It’s time to stop the stigma that surrounds mental illness, in the workplace and beyond. Accenture is changing the conversation.
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