October 10th is World Mental Health Day, and I find this topic more relevant than ever with COVID-19 adding an invisible emotional strain to the stress and uncertainty that many people are already feeling. Mental health challenges affect as many as one in four people in their lifetime according to WHO research. 

We each have to figure out how we can keep ourselves healthy and safe, both physically and mentally. I personally get a lot of benefit out of long-distance runs. It can be quite meditative to spend time outside, thinking through various issues, but also putting things in perspective and reflecting on what I’m grateful for.

I’ve had a unique opportunity to look back with gratitude over the past week as Randstad recently celebrated its 60th anniversary. The highlight for me was hearing people share how Randstad has positively impacted their lives. 

Let’s take this as inspiration to support mental health. Think about what you are grateful for and reach out to someone who has made a difference in your life. Many people may find themselves feeling more isolated as we head into the winter in many parts of the world. An impromptu call or message can make a difference. We’re in this together. 

#mentalhealth #inthistogether #humanforward

about the author

Jacques van den Broek

ceo and chair of the executive board

Randstad's Global CEO, leading our mission of supporting people and organizations in realizing their true potential.