World Mental Health Day: Breaking down the stigma
Madrid / 10 October 2022
Today marks World Mental Health Day, an opportunity for us to help open up dialogue about mental health issues. Despite statistics showing that one person in every four will be affected by a mental illness such as anxiety and depression at some stage of life, many people still encounter stigma surrounding these issues. Nearly nine out of ten people with mental health problems say that they have experienced stigma and discrimination, which can cause those who need help to avoid seeking care.
In order to challenge misconception about mental health, we work together with our advisory board members to create awareness of common mental health issues and inform our employees about these issues through monthly campaigns. These seek to educate our teams and managers about how to handle mental health issues.
As part of our efforts to promote mental wellbeing, we encourage our employees to prioritize their physical and social wellbeing. Our annual campaign covers twelve different health and wellbeing areas, delving into one topic in detail each month. One of the objectives of this program is to normalize discussion of mental health in our workplaces and how it interacts with our physical and emotional wellbeing. Our aim is to empower all our employees to recognize when they need help and ensure they know where they can access this help.
We are committed to fostering a supportive and safe environment for everyone at Siemens Gamesa, and these initiatives are just the start. This World Mental Health Day, we highlight the importance of encouraging open dialogue and recognizing that mental health issues can affect all of us.