Why should I include mental health in my diversity and inclusivity processes?
Both factors are extremely important and also relative to each other.
Employers striving to achieve a fully diverse workforce, will need to focus on their mental health diversity and support in their workplaces and their community.
You cannot truly create a diverse workforce with mental health discrimination in the workplace.
Creating an inclusive working environment is something that needs to be sensitively executed to optimize fairness and equality for everyone.
There are numerous aspects of diversity which can be applied in different ways to people, for example, due to racial, gender, sexuality, religious or disabled discrimination.
When you are improving your cultural diversity and mental health considerations for policy and practice, it is important to question how does diversity affect us and understand diversity in mental health.
How can I improve the mental health diversity in my company:
There are many ways in which you can start to focus on improving the equality and diversity mental health initiative at your company.
How to foster good mental health through inclusivity:
- Inclusion, belonging and an environment of psychological safety
- Productive conversations
- Genuine care shown by leaders and lead from the top
- Following up with people who have previously needed support
- Encouraging your team to be as open as possible
- Host an inclusive and diverse environment where people feel as though they can be open and accepted
Risk factors for mental health in the working world:
If you are looking to reduce mental health discrimination in workplace environments then it could be worth performing a risk assessment to find areas that you can work on. Here are some mental health discrimination examples to be aware of:
- Inadequate health and safety policies
- Poor communication and management practices
- Limited participation in decision-making
- Low levels of support for employees
- Inflexible working hours
- Unclear tasks or organizational objectives
- Unsuitable tasks for a person’s competencies
- A high and unrelenting workload
- A lack of team cohesion or social support
- Bullying and psychological harassment
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