‘It’s not an easy conversation’: Mental health in the workplace
What role should safety pros play in workers’ mental well-being?
We hear a lot about the mind-body connection in our everyday lives. Once relegated to the fringes of medical establishments that treated the mind and body as separate, the idea that our mental health affects our physical well-being is now widely accepted.
So it seems logical that more attention is being paid to the importance of mental health in the workplace.
But this new focus is not without controversy – especially when it comes to asking safety professionals to play a role. Some laud this as an overdue recognition of a major contributor to worker health and safety, while others lament it as an impractical – or even dangerous – distraction from the primary responsibilities of injury prevention.
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