Fortis launches workplace mental health program to address distress
You can now chat with a psychologist in real time from your workplace if you are in distress. Fortis National Mental Health Program has launched a workplace mental health initiative to provide evidence-based mental health solutions to businesses.
“The Workplace Mental Health program provides mental health counseling for employees in different organizations, webinars to create a culture of openness and acceptance of mental health in organizations. A key feature of this initiative is the provision of additional real-time text chat support for those in distress, by a team of expert psychologists,” Fortis said in a statement.
Globally, mental health problems are among the leading causes of disability and distress. Around 280 million people worldwide suffer from depression alone, according to the WHO, and mental health challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic have only exacerbated the situation. Lack of awareness and access to care remain the most significant barriers to mental health care.
Anil Vinayak, Chief Operating Officer of Fortis Healthcare Group, said at the event: “The unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic has led to a major shift in work-life balance over the past few years. . It has been difficult for most individuals to create a work-life balance and it has also worsened the mental health of many. It is important that as organizations we prioritize the mental health of people. To identify, manage and treat mental health issues, mass awareness initiatives like this are crucial. »
Samir Parikh, National Mental Health Program Manager Fortis, said that through the initiative, our team of psychologists offer teleconsultations and text support for psychological distress and the program offers counseling sessions and a hotline. 24/7 phone support in 14 Indian languages.