A paradigm shift is needed towards the way we treat mental wellness in the workplace. Instead of treating it like a taboo subject, we should be moving towards having a greater competency at handling it.
Strengthening our social compact will have to go beyond Government measures and redistributive policies. Each of us has to play a part. We must build on the strengths that we have: a sense of unity, a creative capacity and our social compact which has given each one a stake in our country.
But there is nothing intrinsically enduring about these strengths. Our founding generation built these strengths from nothing, through their wits and will. As quickly as these strengths have blossomed, they can also wither if we do not adapt. Each of us must continue to deepen our own values, grow our adaptive capacity, and build meaningful relationships with the people around us. Above all, we must commit to growing new strengths.
Mental stress can happen anywhere, at home, in school or workplace.
The River Valley tragedy has taught us that mental wellness is of utmost importance. We can show empathy, listen to one another and choose to edify. In the workplace, a little kindness can go a long way. And a quick chat with a colleague can help us feel motivated and regain our strength again.