Discussion of our fifth KSF event was focused on “Mental Health and Productivity.”
Dr. Harvey Schipper, Fellow of WAPS, provided an opening address, followed by three distinguished speakers – Ms. Daryl Chow from Hong Kong, Dr. Joanne Frederick from the United States, and Ms. Elyse Schipper from Canada -- who shared their respective experiences relating to mental health and productivity.
Not dealing with mental-health challenges not only compromises individual productivity but also collective productivity, asserted Dr. Schipper. In the corporate setting, Ms. Chow shared that "People are the key in the transformation initiative;" a culture of connection and empowerment leads to productivity as empowerment pairs up with accountability.
Dr. Frederick pointed out the direct relationship between mental health and productivity: If we have poor mental health, it means we don’t have a strong ability to deal with issues. Poor mental health leads to depression, anxiety and burnout, which will in turn decrease severely our motivation and productivity.
Ms. Schipper, who focuses her work on youth mental health, illustrated with real cases how helping struggling youths improve their lives can in fact improve the wellbeing of their family as well.
Today’s topic, “Mental Health and Productivity,” is so relevant to everyone. Though important, it was not widely discussed until most recently. The different perspectives shared by our speakers are giving us much to ponder on and take responsible actions.