With one in six workers suffering from anxiety and stress, the workplace has become a battleground for mental health today. There is no doubt that in offices up and down the country employers have to face the reality of helping staff suffering from mental health problems. 18 million days were lost to mental health problems at a cost of £26 billion per year. These sobering statistics show it is not just a health problem that employers face, but a business one too. Continue reading
Suicide rates in the UK have been falling, yet suicide is still the leading cause of death in young men. Having just had national suicide week, we are all considering the ways to be more aware of those with suicidal feelings. Can we learn and can we help to make a difference to the problem? Continue reading
Should your company provide employee counselling ? You don’t have to be Peter Jones, James Caan or Deborah Meaden to understand that a healthy workforce, both mentally and physically, is important to the success of your business. Traditionally we have been good at thinking about our physical safety at work. We have fire extinguishers, we go on moving and handling courses or we may have to wear protective clothing. Yet when it comes to mental health there is less of a safety culture. Yet the simplest changes, such as environment and access to employee counselling can make a big difference. Continue reading
With nearly a third of employees having a mental health problem in any one year, knowing how the workplace can help with good mental health is the key to a positive healthy future. Society has been taking on the importance of good mental health. Businesses are understanding the impact of mental health in the workplace, yet they are finding it hard in some cases to provide that mentally healthy environment. Continue reading
Few human behaviours are as misunderstood as self-harm. Yet in society today we are reluctant to talk about it. It can feel to society at large that those who self-harm are detached almost emotionless. Yet nothing could be further from the truth. Self-harm is most often done to avoid the way that we feel so when self-harming the person is usually very emotional and has nowhere to go with those feelings Continue reading
Do you think about mental health in the workplace when you think about health? We are all more health conscious thinking about the food we eat and the exercise that we take. We are all very familiar with the idea of physical health. Yet we all have mental health too. It can vary from good to bad, we can become unwell, yet somehow we treat mental illness differently and find it harder to talk about and be around.
Mental health in the workplace throws up problems surprisingly often. 1 in 6 employees are dealing with a problem such as anxiety Continue reading
Feelings, express them, repress them, shout them or smother them, but we all have them. How we express our feelings can make a big difference to how we relate to others and to how well our relationships work. If we can express feelings in a way that connects us to friends and family then they strengthen the bonds between us. Sharing feelings are a big part of how we cope with and get through events and situations. When we have negative feelings and we repress them they can fester ready to explode out and cause problems later on. Continue reading