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THE 4 PILLARS OF MENTAL HEALTH




Mental health is both a personal and a public interest. It is all the more valuable in these difficult times of pandemic and its accompanying isolation.

But ultimately... What is important for maintaining good mental health?

To answer this question, the first step is to understand the various determinants of good mental health. Minds (2021) suggests that there are three: individual, social and economic, and societal. Each of these involves many themes. Some themes are fixed and can be changed little or not at all (e.g. genetics), while others can evolve and be modified (e.g. social support).

Upmote drew on these 3 factors by examining the importance of each of them. If one topic of the individual decision factor is neglected, for example your sleeping habits, this will have an impact on yourself but also on the people you associate with (social and economic decision factor). The people you associate with are part of the societal decision factor. In conclusion, all three factors will be influenced.

Our company was inspired by this interdependence between the factors but adapted it to professional life. We have found 4 factors that we have chosen to call "pillars", because they support most aspects of your daily life. It is like a house: if the 4 pillars are stable enough, the house will be solid and well maintained. If one of them is disturbed, it can become problematic and even collapse. The same applies to your mental health at work, which can be compared to your personal house.

The first pillar reminds us to take care of our health, which is a resource for living life to the full. The WHO describes it as a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being, not merely the absence of disease or infirmity. It is important to approach "health" as a whole, all types of health are interrelated and can influence each other. General well-being and balance are the keys to good health.

The second pillar concerns the work area. Having a meaningful job and a healthy work environment is important as we spend a large part of our time in employment. The CIPD even states that an integrated approach to wellbeing can be beneficial to the employee individually, increasing engagement and fostering a shared commitment to the success of the company.

The third pillar indicates the importance of maintaining healthy relationships. It is the key to long-term health. For example, a Harvard study conducted over nearly 80 years, proved that embracing community helps us live longer and be happier. Equally important is a healthy relationship with yourself, with others and in the way you see the world.

The fourth pillar is the ability to be resilient in the face of adversity or bad events. How do you deal with issues like racism, how do you become an ally of the feminist cause? On a more individual level, how do we deal with more personal issues such as living and fitting into a new environment or returning to work post-Covid19. We believe that solving these everyday problems is a way to help you improve your living environment and therefore your physical and mental well-being. Life is not always easy and the way we deal with these bad conditions can do a lot. However, let us not forget the positive situations! Life also has good sides to brighten up other moments.

Upmote focuses on these 4 pillars to help you stay safe in your personal home and maybe even strengthen it! So, are you ready? How can we help you today?

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