The workplace in which we are visible to others for around 8 hours a day presents an ideal opportunity to increase brain health and reduce mental health costs to our community.
Research on brain health and the brain’s capacity to heal is increasing. One interesting aspect of this research though is that it is also indicating what poor brain health does to our functioning. The University of NSW Brain and Mind Institute research reports the earlier depression is addressed, the more chance of recovery. Their findings indicate depression causes an area of the brain to shrink and reduce learning capacity. This has significant implications for Australian employers when Australian Bureau of Statistics data indicates that one in five people in the population suffer mental health issues with the most common reported by the World Health Organisation being depression and anxiety.
It is in the interests of employers to keep the learning capacity of its staff healthy. Picking up on potential early indicators of distress is then highly desirable for commercial if not altruistic reasons.
If you would like further information on supporting brain health please make contact through your confidential contact page: