Mpower brings together over 100 corporates to prioritize employee mental health

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Mpower brings together over 100 corporates to prioritize employee mental health
Mpower brings together over 100 corporates to prioritize employee mental health

It is an annual movement by Mpower, an initiative of Aditya Birla Education Trust that encourages corporates to focus on their employees mental well-being

In a remarkable display of commitment to the mental well-being of their workforce, over 100 corporates in India have embraced the #PledgeForMentalHealth a pioneering initiative championed by Mpower, an initiative of the Aditya Birla Education Trust, led by Dr. Neerja Birla. This significant announcement coincides with World Mental Health Day, emphasizing the growing importance of mental health in the corporate world. The objective of the initiative is to unite companies across India to focus on their employees mental well-being by establishing robust mental health policies and interventions within their organizations.

India, home to its largest-ever adolescent and youth population, will continue to have one of the world’s youngest demographics until 2030, as projected by the UNFPA. As our nation’s youth join the workforce, the economic impact of mental health conditions cannot be ignored. Between 2012-2030, it’s estimated to cost India a staggering USD 1.03 trillion. The weight of work-related pressures, new challenges, and increasing responsibilities all compound the burdens especially on young employees. The relentless pressure to perform, coupled with a lack of work-life balance, exacts a toll on their well-being.

Adding to this Mpower’s Mental Health and Wellness Quotient at Workplace 2023 survey, a comprehensive study commissioned to delve into the mental health issues faced by employees across various industries in India uncovered that over 48% of corporate employees are ‘at risk’ of poor mental health, with a higher prevalence among female employees at 56%. More than 50% of those surveyed strongly agreed that stress significantly impacts their work productivity.

Commenting on the initiative, Dr. Neerja Birla, Founder & Chairperson, Mpower (An initiative of Aditya Birla Education Trust) said, In corporate settings, mental health often lacks the attention and investment it deserves. With 48% of corporate professionals battling mental health issues, as per Mpower Mental health at workplace Survey 2023, it’s crucial for organisations to address this silent crisis directly. It is heartening to see 100+ companies pledge their allegiance to the cause of mental health of their employees by taking the Mpower Mental Health Pledge. Mpower is committed to supporting corporate mental wellness, to help corporations create more inclusive and healthy work environments. As a young nation, prioritizing our workforce’s mental health is vital for our. Mpower is committed to supporting corporate mental wellness, forging a more inclusive, supportive work environment. As a young nation, prioritizing our workforce’s mental health is vital for our growing economy. The Mental Health Pledge unites the corporate world to create healthier workplaces.”

Mpower’s #PledgeForMentalHealth is a vital intervention to ensure companies think about bringing in necessary measures for their employees, ensuring better employee engagement, EAP programmes and robust policies that encourage and support mental health conversations and interventions. Participating companies, representing diverse industries and sectors, acknowledge the profound impact that mental health has on employee productivity, overall well-being, and the success of their businesses. 

#PledgeForMentalHealth initiative marks a significant step toward a more mentally healthy and productive workforce across India.

Some prominent companies include Aditya Birla Group companies, ABP Network, Kapiva, Symbiosis Centre for Emotional Well-being, Salaam Mumbai Foundation, Chhatra Sansad, Fulcrum, Goldmedal, Capri Sports Etc participated in the pledge.

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