Corporate Health Week, Mental Health Day, HR training programme, team coaching: is mental health ever out of place? We doubt it – and our clients do, too. And with that agreed wonderful things can happen. Here are a few examples:

Johnson & Johnson – On the road to Mental Health: An Employee Experience in four Acts

A global pharmaceutical and consumer goods company has an ambitious goal: for its employees to become the healthiest workforce in the world. A strategically implemented corporate health management, embedded in an employee-oriented corporate culture, forms the basis for this – the internal campaigns focus on awareness, empowerment and destigmatisation surrounding mental health.

In October 2019 – around the International Mental Health Day – we sent the SHITSHOW exhibition on its way. In four branches, we invited employees, management, and senior management to discuss psychological stress and to experience – through the MOODSUITS® – psychosomatic symptoms of depression and anxiety up close. The events were framed by impulse lectures in which we describe, also from our own perspective, the consequences of stigmatizing and tabooing mental illnesses at the workplace, and how we can successfully counter them together.

The result of this roadshow: a lot of open discussions, many answered questions and a request for more workshops in the future.

„The exhibition was very good, informative and well explained. We feel much more sensitive now.“

Deutsche Bahn – A cultural change of mind: impulses for a psychologically healthy corporate culture

Stress resilience, yoga courses, company therapist: they all exist, the entrepreneurial advances towards psychologically healthy working. Many companies offer their employees opportunities to learn how to deal better with stress and strain at work, to relax or to resolve conflicts in a team.

However, t mental health in the company can be thought of in a more profound and comprehensive way. This is what participants learned in our two-part interactive keynote lecture “Cultural Change for Mental Health” in the digital base of the Deutsche Bahn Group. We explained why corporate culture is such a fundamental building block for maintaining mental health – and how it can be actively shaped together.

The participants contributed experiences from their own working environment and together we worked out what constitutes a mentally healthy corporate culture. In addition to the effects of stigma and taboo at the workplace, the workshop participants were familiarized with the concepts of psychological safety and empathy. Best practice examples of formats already implemented in companies showed that cultural change does not have to be at all complicated – but can be initiated with small, communicative twists.

„This was one of the Top 3 lectures, I experienced on my #learningtrip“