This book has been put together by experts in the field of mental health, and associated fields, whom have been carefully chosen to share their insights on a specific knowledge area with you. A golden thread that runs through all these chapters is that each and every contributor is passionate about what they do, and in so doing passionate in sharing their knowledge and experience with you in their unique way. We hope that you find this not only useful in its learnings and application but also refreshing and inspirational. There is much to be done in the field of mental health.
The context of this book is mental health and its relation to the workplace. For ease of reference, it has been separated into 3 parts:
- Part 1: Mental health in the workplace: Understanding the current context and what has given rise to this increasing concern
- Part 2: Mental health is not an island: Wellbeing is holistic and has multiple dimensions
- Part 3: Coping mechanisms: Towards a way forward with mental health
The pandemic has changed our lives from what we once knew it to be. The book starts off with a positioning of the current context and why a spotlight has been placed on mental health. Part 1 focuses largely on how the workplace has responded to the mental health pandemic, the trends we are seeing now and what we can expect to see post pandemic, together with some of the major contributors to mental health concerns in the workplace. Included are the common manifestations of mental illnesses which compromises just one component of the broader mental health topic as positioned in this book.
Part 2 recognises that mental health does not exist in a vacuum. We often talk about the dimensions of wellbeing, and that they are all interconnected. This section of the book covers how our physical wellbeing, financial wellbeing and workplaces all link to our mental health and wellbeing. Mental health is not an island and often requires a more holistic approach in taking care of it.
The last section of the book focuses on frameworks and practical suggestions on how to cope given all this information on mental health. This is in the context of individual coping, e.g., mastering the role of neuroscience or mindfulness, to a more macro-approach using the lens of the workplace. We end off with yet another consideration of the importance of mental health and wellbeing, this time in the context of the future world of work. Just in case it didn’t hit home as yet that the time is now.
We believe that this book has been written for anyone who is interested in the field of mental health. So, whether you are an HR practitioner, a leader, clinical or counselling psychologist, industrial and organisational psychologist, a coach, an employee assistance practitioner or a concerned citizen, this book has been put together with you in mind.
What they say about the book
This exciting book provides current and compelling evidence on workplace mental health in the South African context. It begins by examining the impact of COVID-19 and other issues unique to the workplace. The second theme reviews several aspects of the mind-body wholistic approach. It concludes with examples of innovations in treatment, including neuroscience, resiliency, mindfulness, purpose, and future trends. Vandayar’s chapter on the role of employee assistance programmes (EAP) in supporting both individual workers (via traditional onsite counselling services and newer remote technologies) and the work organization is especially useful as a guide for employers. — Mark Attridge, PhD, MA, President, Attridge Consulting, United States
This book provides a fascinating description of the multiple impacts of the global pandemic on the mental health and wellbeing of the workforce. — Andrew Davies, CEO, ICAS International
This book could not have been published at a more pertinent time. This must-read will enable you to improve your understanding of mental health in the current context, develop insights into holistic approaches and frameworks to address it, and it provides tips and tools on how to cope with mental health in the context of the future world of work and further unknown complexities that might still lie ahead for us. — Dr Shirley Zinn, Chair and Non-Executive Director on multiple Boards
Chapters in the book include:
Foreword by Bonang Mohale