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How to manage your mental health in the workplace

Updated: Sep 8, 2022



The workplace can be the best place to engage in activities that address or improve well-being. These activities aid in the identification and treatment of mental health issues.

Poor mental health can have a negative impact on employee job performance, productivity, communication with coworkers, and daily functioning; it can also have an impact on physical activities. There are numerous tools and methods for dealing with mental health in the workplace. The workplace can be the best place to engage in activities that address or improve well-being. These activities aid in the identification and treatment of mental health issues.


There are already communication structures in place in all workplaces; you just need to use them to communicate effectively with your managers and colleagues.


When your mental health is threatened at work, it is critical to speak with someone with whom you feel comfortable. Be open about your mental health issues when communicating with others so that you can receive the necessary support and assistance.


Things to do:


Do not be too hard on yourself; if you are unsure how to complete a task, seek assistance.


  • As an employee, you can help encourage employers to provide mental health management education to their employees and to implement mental health programs.

  • Eating well, exercising, and getting enough sleep all aid in stress management.

  • Participate in activities that promote relaxation, such as yoga, meditation, and mindfulness.

  • Set personal and professional goals to avoid stress, and ask for help when you need it.

  • Do not be too hard on yourself; if you are unsure how to complete a task, seek assistance.

  • Take time to affirm yourself, reflect on positive experiences, and express gratitude for what you have accomplished.

  • Adopt a behaviour that will assist you in thinking positively and managing your mental health.



If you are not experiencing mental health issues at work the least you can do is :


  • Be open-minded about the feelings and experiences of your colleagues and encourage those facing mental health issues to seek help and direct them to relevant people.

  • Share personal experiences with others to help to reduce stigma and that will help others to open up and speak up about their challenges.


If you need more professional help with your mental health, you can contact:





They provide free counselling for all age groups and operate a counselling line from 09:30 to 22:00. You can also WhatsApp them at 063 709 2620 between 10:00 and 14:00.


Counseling Hub As a low-cost service, the Counselling Hub positions itself as an affordable choice for individuals and families looking to access basic mental health care services.


The South African Depression and Anxiety Group (SADAG) is at the forefront of patient advocacy, education, and stigma reduction in the country. Its expertise is in assisting patients and callers with mental health issues throughout South Africa.


Written By Sisanda Mtana, Talent Acquisition Assistant at DLK Group


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