Companies are increasingly offering their employees courses in psychological emergency support. In this way, employees should be able to recognize mental problems at an early stage.

Employees feel increasingly overwhelmed in the Corona crisis.

Emergency courses for mental health problems are booming at Companies

That's why more and more Swiss companies are now offering emergency courses for mental health.

Emergency courses for psychological problems are booming in companies

It pays off for companies to have warning signals early detection.

That's what it's all about

  • Since the crisis, Swiss companies have increasingly sent employees to emergency courses for mental health.

  • There, employees and bosses learn how to recognize mental problems at an early stage.

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    This is also worthwhile for companies, because there are fewer absences from work.

Overworked and exhausted: Many Swiss employees feel overwhelmed by the Corona crisis. Because of the pandemic, people are increasingly working from home. As a result, employees spend more time in front of the screen and move less.

That's why more and more Swiss companies are now offering emergency courses for mental health, such as Swisscom, Novartis and Swiss Re. There, employees and bosses learn how to recognize mental problems in employees at an early stage, as the “Sonntagszeitung” writes.

The number of participants has quadrupled

For example, the Pro Mente Sana Foundation has been offering such training in “Mental Health First Aid” since 2019. This lasts four and a half days. While around 1000 people attended the course before Corona, there were already 4000 participants in 2021.

It pays off for companies to recognize warning signs early: According to a study from Great Britain, for every pound invested in the mental health of its employees, a company gets five pounds back – because sick days due to depression, anxiety and stress are eliminated.

You can you deal with psychological stress

For dealing with psychological stress – be it with yourself or with people in your own environment – there is the so-called ROGER guideline. It is taught in first aid courses by Ensa – a program of the Pro Mente Sana Foundation and supported by the Beisheim Foundation:

  • Rreact: If you see signs of mental stress, you must not look away. “Doing nothing is always wrong,” says Scheffler.

  • OOpen and listen impartially: Since there is a great stigma attached to mental illness, such situations have to be dealt with Approach it in a particularly impartial and value-free manner – and first of all listen to those affected.

  • Gib Information: It's not about diagnosing a person, but about it to say that depression or burnout occur and that there is also help.

  • Eencourage professional help: “It's worth getting help as early as possible,” says Scheffler. If psychological problems are treated early, the chances of recovery are greater.

  • Rdeactivate resources: Aspects such as the social environment, relaxation techniques and leisure can improve the situation contribute.

Because, although many employees like to work from home, working from home can increase existing difficulties depending on their living conditions, it is said. In the first-aid course, employees learn to recognize alarm signals. For example, if a teammate's behavior suddenly changes (see box below).

Mental health problems due to working from home

The fact that employees are increasingly struggling with psychological problems has something to do with working from home, says personnel expert Werner Raschle, owner and CEO of the recruitment agency Consult & Pepper, on 20 minutes: “There are people who can't cope with working at home.”

Because there is often a lack of direct support in the home office and the requirements are unclear. This causes stress for some people. “In particular, people who are not particularly self-confident suffer from it,” says Raschle.

Swiss people often get help too late

It's definitely worth it when companies do their bit for the mental health of their employees. Mental health is often neglected in Switzerland: “Many Swiss people only seek professional help when things are really bad,” says Raschle.

It is important for the mental health courses that they are voluntary, explains work psychologist Nicola Jacobshagen: “It is important to raise awareness, but you must not overwhelm the employees either.” It also makes sense for companies to use external offers.

Smaller companies in particular cannot afford internal contact points. Also, many employees feel reluctant to approach anyone in the company with psychological problems. “Many fear that something like this will be noted in their personnel file,” explains Jacobshagen.

According to HR expert Raschle, employees should not be sent to courses with their bosses. Otherwise, employees are inhibited and do not speak openly: “Psychological problems often arise at work because the managers did not react early enough,” explains Raschle.

Do you or does someone you know have a mental illness?

You can find help here:

Pro Mente Sana, Tel. 0848 800 858

Kinderseele Schweiz, advice for mentally stressed parents and their relatives

Postpartum Depression Association, Tel. 044 720 25 55, advice and contact points

Self-help groups

Pro Juventute, advice for children and young people, Tel. 147

Offered hand, worry hotline, Tel. 143

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By Teresa Tapmleton

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