Lethabo Sekele founded WorkWell in 2019 to address mental health stigma in the workplace and educate companies about how to create psychologically healthy workplaces. “While a lot of progress has been made in encouraging open dialogue around mental health in various spheres of society, much work still needs to be done in the workplace, particularly in terms of educating senior leaders and line managers on how to support the mental wellbeing of employees,” Sekele says. The WorkWell programme focuses on prevention, early intervention and ongoing support through proactive strategies that identify, understand and respond to employee mental health needs and challenges. Through her work and that of WorkWell, Sekele hopes to increase mental health understanding and contribute to policy reform on mental health in South Africa. “I hope that through this reform, quality mental health facilities and treatment will be available to all South Africans and not just the few who are able to afford private healthcare.”
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