This effort, the first-ever of its kind in India, was initiated by Arogya World in direct response to repeated requests from business and HR leaders in Covid times.

Arogya World launches new mental health criteria for workplaces in India

Arogya World launched extensively researched psychological well being standards, as a part of its Healthy Workplace framework in collaboration with Librum, to assist corporates handle worker psychological wellbeing in a structured method, at Arogya’s on-line Healthy Workplace convention at present.

This effort, the first-ever of its type in India, was initiated by Arogya World in direct response to repeated requests from enterprise and HR leaders in Covid instances.

The World Health Organization estimates that India will undergo financial losses amounting to a staggering 1.03 trillion {dollars} from psychological well being situations between 2012 and 2030. The post-pandemic world and shifting office dynamics, like make money working from home and job uncertainty, have worsened the scenario. While employers try their finest to succeed in out to workers by numerous packages, the stigma round psychological well being in India makes it very difficult.

Dr Shekhar Saxena and Vikram Patel, each world-renowned psychological well being specialists and professors at Harvard University, labored with their colleagues and with the Arogya World crew to develop these standards. According to Shekhar Saxena, “We wanted to develop values and evidence-based set of criteria that would provide a roadmap for implementation of good mental health programs, launch meaningful initiatives and raise awareness around mental health in workplaces in India.”

The new set of standards cowl a lot of features like Promoting Well-Being, Managing Stress, Leadership and Supporting Recovery, and have been merged with Arogya World’s present Healthy Workplace standards that cowl bodily well being promotion and NCD prevention efforts together with No Tobacco Policy, Healthy Eating, Physical Activity, and Shifting Mindsets. Roll-out plans and scoring tips for the mixed standards can be communicated clearly to firms, going ahead.

“By putting mental health on par with physical health, this ambitious and comprehensive set of criteria will spur India’s companies to action and help them address both NCD prevention and mental well-being simultaneously,” mentioned Nalini Saligram, Founder and CEO of Arogya World.

“This will help India’s workforce stay healthy and be more productive and can help increase India’s future global competitiveness,” mentioned Nalini Saligram.

Arogya World completes 10 years in 2020 and has been working with practically 150 firms enabling them to turn into “Healthy Workplaces”, continually offering them with insights and packages to deal with NCD prevention and different features of worker well being in a complete approach, whereas encouraging the businesses to be extra data-driven of their strategy.

Arogya World believes in fixed enchancment and a proactive strategy in addressing well being points on the office, and the brand new psychological well being standards are one other step on this path.

Other efforts to encourage firms to deal with psychological well being embody case research on how exemplary Healthy Workplaces have decreased stigma and efficiently deployed psychological well being packages to giant worker populations plus a set of stress discount textual content messages for working Indians developed with NIMHANS.

It additionally carried out webinars on psychological well-being with companions equivalent to CII, iNFHRA, CBRE, GACS, NHRD, Manah Wellness, and others. In solidarity with One Mind At Work, Arogya World encourages extra CEOs and enterprise leaders in India to decide to tackling psychological well being at work. The time to behave is now – psychological well being points are widely known as a serious fall-out from Covid.

(This story has been printed from a wire company feed with out modifications to the textual content.)

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