October is Mental Health Month, here’s what we know based on the data

Posted on: 26/10/2021

Did you know… Leaders rate THEMSELVES statistically significantly lower than OTHERS rate them on areas such as:

  • self-care
  • their ability to cope with stress and
  • being calm under pressure

Why? DDI Head of Research Sasha Burnham said: “Leaders may not speak up or share what’s REALLY going on for them for fear of making themselves vulnerable to criticism, or they might hold the view that they ‘should be able to handle things.'”

“We can infer from the data that leaders may project a sense of ‘coping’ to others around them, even if it’s not the whole truth. While well intentioned, this could create a situation where asking ‘are you ok,’ when we notice someone isn’t being themselves might actually be a bit late.

“We need to create workplaces where all team members feel safe and can normalise asking for help.”

As we come towards the end of Mental Health Month we invite you to tune in, to yourself, others and your workplace or community around mental health needs and get rid of the stigma associated with it. This in turn will help create a world where people can thrive.


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