ArticleMay 12, 2022by included

How does mental health impact inclusion?

The theme for this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week (9-15 May) is loneliness. One in four adults experience loneliness, and if experienced for a prolonged period of time, this can lead to mental health problems.

The rise of remote working has seen a range of benefits, but there is a risk of increased loneliness and isolation. 52% of workers reported feeling less connected to their colleagues. We have previously shared insight on including colleagues working remotely and how to best support your colleagues’ mental health in a hybrid work environment.

Mental health can impact anyone, but is statistically more prevalent in groups such as:

Therefore, it’s important than approaches to mental health at work, and when looking for systemic change, are built through an inclusion lens. An understanding of how an intersection of experiences and identities can inform the way people experience mental health can better equip us to support our colleagues.

Find more resources about Mental Health Awareness Week here.