One of the subjects that have received a lot more attention in recent years, particularly in the workplace, is mental health. So what exactly is mental health?
The WHO states that mental health is the cornerstone of an individual's well-being and productive functioning. The highest level of a worker's physical, mental, and social well-being is maintained through occupational health, which applies to all occupations. Simply put,
good mental health = good occupational health.
Poor mental health can seriously affect productivity and job performance, leading to a lack of satisfaction in the workplace and work environment and, in the worst cases, unemployment.
As a result, it's essential to prioritize mental health within the company's or organization's Occupational Health standards and to acknowledge its importance in the workplace.
Before the world was ravaged by the viral Covid-19 disease, mental health disorders were on the rise (a 13 percent increase in the last decade until 2017), but there was very little focus on resources to help those who were suffering from these disorders and even controlling said cases, especially in the workplace. Daily long, demanding hours worked by employees put an unfortunate strain on their mental health. That is, until COVID-19 debuts in the first quarter of 2020.
A new wave of mental health issues swept the globe as any advancements in the establishment of mental health services were put on hold, leaving many people to fend for themselves. Why?
Coronaphobia was added to the list of phobias as people lived in uncertainty and fear of not only contracting the virus but also of the side effects of this new virus being discovered more and more each day. There was an increased fear of becoming infected.
Loss of daily structure, changes in routine and lifestyle, and isolation were all part of adjusting to the new normal. Many people who struggle with change and solitude find this to be challenging.
Unemployment: The pandemic caused several businesses to close for months, which led to many people losing their jobs and placing them in a difficult financial situation.
Death of family members: Seeing 1 or more loved ones pass away at the hands of this ruthless disease was taxing on the mental health of many people who, as a result, may have needed outside support in coping with such losses.
However, the start of the pandemic did have one advantageous result. the development of online access to counselors, psychologists, and psychiatrists, as well as a growing reliance on electronic prescriptions to obtain prescription drugs. There is now a simpler way for business owners to give the assistance that many of their employees need. In addition to being simple, sharing with the experts from the privacy and comfort of one's home may make one feel more at ease. No one could have predicted the possibility of on-the-go support or receiving assistance from home decades ago.
How does Cellma support workplace mental health operations?
Cellma has features that can be tailored for use by occupational health services and mental health professionals alike.
Employees or patients can be electronically referred to the required attending mental professional using Cellma's Referral Management functionality, which helps to prevent unauthorized disclosure of such referrals.
Mobile mental health services are now more widely available to people thanks to media like apps, websites, and even video conferences. The appointment date and time can be communicated to employees via email or text, and they can also use these same channels to reschedule or cancel their appointments.
Through its Telemedicine module, Cellma also enables video consultations, allowing patients to participate in sessions with mental health specialists over video calls. This makes therapy and counseling sessions more easily accessible to patients who may be on the go.