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According to a study by the World Health Organization, the epidemic has caused an increase in mental health disorders, and as a result, basic services have been paralyzed in 93% of the countries of the world due to the increased demand for this type of care. .

This is just one example of the importance of this issue which also goes beyond our country. Knowing that October is Mental Health Month, the fifth Red + Activa meeting delved into this topic, with businesses leading the conversation.

For over half an hour we learned what CCU and Entel are doing in this regard, two very different areas, but they share the fact that most of their workers have been working remotely during this time.

“The most important thing is how to handle the crisis,” he commented. Gabriella Ugalde, Corporate Director of Human Resources at CCUHe added: “I think it was very important at the beginning to give the workers the certainty of the stability of the company or the loss of income, as well as to show them the way. Generating stability frameworks greatly helps with mental health. Something that was important to the business.

for this part, Felipe Straub, Director of Human Capital, EntelHe noted that: “One of the first things to do is repeat the topic. It is very difficult to manage mental health if there is no information about its impact on people, especially in the context of an epidemic. “

In this regard, Ugalde announced during the conversation that when it comes to training, the CCU has organized workshops, conferences and webinars to bring the language of mental health into the minds of workers. ” It’s necessary to be vigilant. Maybe someone has trouble sleeping for a few days, but not a month. There are many things that are important and essential, which is why we created the Ten Commandments, ”notes the CEO of CCU.

Another point discussed is to honestly describe this problem: “Before the pandemic, there was a certain stigma. People were ashamed, embarrassed, or even afraid to express that they had mental health issues. So it is important to normalize this conversation because it is a global cause

We must remember that Red + Activa is a business community made up of Agrosuper, BHP, Bupa, Cámara Chilena de la Construcción, CCU, Enaex, Entel, Scotiabank, SMU and Willis Towers Watson, convened and illustrated by Fundación ChileMujeres and LT-PULSO, in collaboration with PricewaterhouseCoopers – Chile is committed to gender equality, inclusion and diversity.

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