Creating mentally healthy workplaces: Dealing with mental health issues and striving for work-life balance

The events of the past few years have had a fundamental impact on our mental health. From the Covid-19 pandemic to the climate crisis and political unrest; to environmental stressors such as traffic congestion, noise, and air pollution. These experiences have a significant effect on people’s well-being and the way that they cope with life and work. We are currently facing a mental health crisis, with Gallup reporting that stress among global workers has reached an all-time high (Gallup State of the Global Workplace: 2022 Report). When employees are engaged and thriving, they experience significantly less stress, anger, and health problems and they are less likely to face burnout or leave their jobs. This is why it is more important than ever before for leaders to care for themselves and their teams holistically. It has become essential for people not only to learn how to recognise the symptoms of mental health difficulties but to understand how to create a culture that allows people to thrive. This talk aims to provide information about mental well-being and the mental health issues that may present themselves in the workplace. These include stress, burnout, anxiety, and depressive symptoms. Tips on how to approach and support people experiencing these mental health issues will be given. Finally, practical advice on how to move towards achieving work-life balance to reduce over-stimulation and live with intention will also be presented. It is important to note that this talk will not allow for in-depth, experiential training about mental health and mental health issues, but will provide a space for asking questions about mental health with the guidance of a warranted psychologist.


Charlene Camilleri Duca graduated with a Bachelor of Psychology (Hons) in 2008, then went on to read for a Masters in Clinical Psychology at the University of Malta and a post-graduate diploma in Gestalt Psychotherapy with G.P.T.I.M. She has been practising for the last 10 years and is particularly interested in supporting people who are struggling with symptoms of depression and anxiety, including those experiencing generalised anxiety disorder, panic disorder, and phobias.

Charlene is passionate about helping people to achieve fulfillment and success at work, whilst leading happier, healthier, and more balanced lives. In her clinical practice, she supports clients to reduce their work and life stressors or to react to these stressors more healthily and supports those who are experiencing burnout. Her path has led her through many different areas of psychology and psychotherapy: from individual psychotherapy and personality assessments to consultancy work with various organisations in different sectors, at management, supervisory, and leadership levels.

Charlene regularly delivers psycho-educational talks and training seminars on different psycho-educational themes. As the Founder and Managing Director of Paths, Charlene’s personal aim is to do everything she can to support people to create the life that they want, or at the very least, a life that they don’t want to escape from.

Charlene Camilleri Duca
Charlene Camilleri DucaClinical Psychologist & Gestalt Psychotherapist – paths Clinic