Singapore's Interagency Taskforce on Mental Health and Well-Being has laid out preliminary recommendations on how to improve the mental health and well-being of Singaporeans in three specific areas.

FREMONT, CA: The Interagency Taskforce on Mental Health and Well-Being in Singapore has provided early recommendations on how to enhance Singaporeans' mental health and well-being in three particular areas. According to a joint statement from the Ministries of Health and Social and Family Development, one of the three areas mentioned by the task force is on enhancing workplace well-being policies and job support. The opportunity to live with dignity in a compassionate and inclusive society should be available to all people who are recovering from mental health disorders. For those with mental health disorders, finding employment is crucial because it gives them another way to contribute to society. Following that, the ministries made five recommendations to enhance workplace wellness programmes and increase the employability and employment of people with mental health disorders. The suggestions listed below are:

1. By working with employers to raise awareness of mental health resources and strengthen support networks and assistance, we can improve mental well-being support systems and work-life harmony techniques for employees generally.

2. To offer individualised employment assistance services, and standardise assessment and referral procedures for all employment support organisations.

3. Increasing training accessibility for people with mental health issues.

4. Expand the number and range of employment options for those with mental health issues.

5. By providing support services and resources like helplines and consultation clinics, employers, human resource professionals, supervisors, and coworkers with information on how to support people with mental health disorders and create inclusive workplaces.

The other two areas are expanding services and support for young people's mental health, as well as enhancing accessibility, coordination, and quality of mental health services. The task force is currently compiling public feedback, whether, from online or small-group engagements, this feedback will be used to construct the national mental health and well-being strategy.  As a result, many businesses in Singapore have improved their employee wellness programmes and introduced fresh initiatives and procedures, such as new online listening and communication platforms, routine check-ins with their teams, and management training on how to lead with empathy and watch out for potential signs of mental health problems.

Employee wellness cornerstones are already ubiquitous in many businesses, and they typically include physical health and safety, financial wellbeing, mental health, and emotional and social support. It is necessary to keep in mind that the definition of well-being in today's setting has expanded in breadth and has grown to play a crucial role in the employee experience at work. This impacts how proud they feel about their work, whether they are generally satisfied, and even whether they feel well-adjusted. While the pandemic increased the emphasis on promoting employees' mental wellness, businesses today are realising the crucial role it plays in luring, keeping, and sustaining talent. Companies would do well to consider the needs and goals of their employees as they change when developing their well-being policies, initiatives, and practices.