Breaking the Silence : AmCham Sri Lanka Tackles Burnout and Mental Health in Commemoration of IWD 2024

Wednesday, 20 March 2024 13:54

AmCham Sri Lanka Tackles Burnout and Mental Health in Commemoration of IWD 2024

Businesscafe - In commemoration of International Women's Day, the American Chamber of Commerce in Sri Lanka (AmCham Sri Lanka) hosted a successful forum titled "Reclaim Wellness : Redefine Success" on 1st March 2024 at the Cinnamon Lakeside Colombo.

The event, promoting the tag line “Empowered People Ask for Help” addressed the critical rising issue of burnout, particularly among women in the post-pandemic landscape where statistics reveal that one in four Sri Lankan households are led by women, often balancing demanding careers with family responsibilities.

This "double burden" contributes to a disproportionate impact of burnout on women, affecting not only their mental well-being but also their performance and the broader economy.

Studies show t hat burnout leads to decreased productivity, increased absenteeism, and higher turnover rates, impacting businesses significantly.

Conversely, a workforce that prioritizes well-being fosters engagement, innovation, and a stronger overall economy.

The forum, moderated by Savithri Rodrigo, featured and an inspiring panel discussion with esteemed speakers, including : US Ambassador to Sri Lanka HE Ambassador Julie J Chung, CEO Brandix Corporate Campus Priyanga Dassanayake, Consultant Psychiatrist & Lecturer, University of Kelaniya Dr. Chamara Wijesinghe, Artist & Entertainer Corrinne Almedia and General Manager AmCham Sri Lanka Vrai Raymond.

The discussion explored various aspects of wellness and work-life balance including the economic impact of stress, anxiety, and burnout, societal and self-imposed pressures that contribute to burnout and impact mental health, practical strategies to manage stress, prioritize self-care, and cultivate inner resilience and the importance of building a supportive network and fostering a culture of collaboration and mutual support

The Panel discussion was followed by a Keynote Address by Group CEO Hemas Holdings, Kasthuri Chellaraja Wilson, who shared inspiration from her own personal journey of defining holistic success through a healthy work-life balance.

Speaking at the commencement of the Forum, Ambassador Julie J Chung stated in her address:

“This evening’s theme – on reclaiming wellness and redefining success – is front and center in the efforts towards women’s empowerment, mental health, and diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

Thank you to AmCham for organizing this thought-provoking and timely event.

[It is] a conversation that hopefully helps all of us – men and women alike – find our own balance and better model the authenticity and acceptance that are intrinsic to healthy and adaptable organizations.”

AmCham Sri Lanka President Shirendra Lawrence noted:

"We are proud to have facilitated this important conversation on women's well-being and addressing these challenges that have such an impact on both the social and economic fabric of our nation.

By empowering women to tackle these less-addressed issues in a practical and healthy manner, we contribute to a more inclusive and thriving society."

The forum received exceptionally positive feedback from participants, highlighting its impact on raising awareness and creating a platform for open dialogue on this critical issue.

AmCham Sri Lanka remains committed to promoting gender equality, empowering women in the workplace, and fostering a supportive and inclusive environment for all.

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