Mental health safety and accessibility at work: Psychosocial risk from the perspective of lived experience
The framework of mental wellbeing existing on a spectrum that we all travel up and down has been around for a number of years, with thriving being one end and mental illness at the other end. But ask anyone with the lived experience of a diagnosed mental ill health condition, and they would tell you that this isn’t the case. That a person can be living with a mental illness and thrive, and that actually, the opposite of strong mental wellbeing is not mental illness, but rather, mental distress, and that mental distress can be experienced by anyone regardless of what their diagnosis is or is not.
In this session, WayAhead Workplace Lead, Steph Thompson, sits down with Asha Zappa, the WayAhead Mental Health Promotion Manager to learn about how traditional workplace wellbeing initiatives might unintentionally be excluding people with mental illness, what accessibility looks like and why and how listening to people with lived experience is the best way to codesign effective workplace wellbeing strategies