If recent headlines have taught us anything, it’s that mental illness doesn’t discriminate. It doesn’t care about money, fame or success it can affect us all at different points in our lives influenced by multiple factors. In Asia-Pacific, depending on country from 4 to 20 percent of the population suffer from a mental illness; this means your company is not immune.
However, as with any situation, there’s an upside. The stigma around this topic is going up in smoke as more people come forward with the challenges they’ve faced (for example, James Packer, Australian billionaire and head of Crown Resorts being the first leader to leave his post, stating mental health).
Mental health isn’t just about a medical diagnosis and making sure your employees have access to the care they need. While it’s certainly part of it, we all need to look after ourselves better in this ‘always on’ world of work. Stress levels are at an all-time high. In its 2017 ‘Healthiest Workplace' study, AIA found that stress and anxiety are leading causes of loss of productivity in Asia. For example, there is a loss of 70 days a year in Hong Kong due to mental health-related time absenteeism.