Simple steps to help your employees look after their mental health
“Everyone knows that feeling when life gets on top of us.”
This statement is from the ad for a joint campaign from Public Health England and the NHS that launched yesterday – Every Mind Matters. And it’s true. We can all relate to times where we have faced a mental challenge, whether that comes in the form of stress, anxiety, low mood, trouble sleeping, depression and other symptoms of poor mental health.
Employees will of course have their own mental health concerns at times too. That’s why it’s important for employers to provide support and create an environment where mental health isn’t a taboo.
Every Mind Matters is a new mental health service that gives the public access to a personalised mental health plan. This free tool, which has been endorsed by the Royal College of General Practitioners (RGCP), allows people from all walks of life to create a personalised action plan recommending a set of self-care practices to deal with stress, boost mood, improve sleep and feel in control.
This highly important campaign has been introduced following the ever-increasing knowledge that taking care of our mental health is just as valuable as maintaining good physical health. A new PHE survey revealed that more than 8 in ten (83%) people have experienced early signs of poor mental health including feeling anxious, stressed, having low mood or trouble sleeping in the last 12 months1. While these can be a natural response to life’s challenges, they can become more serious if people don’t take action, and many wait too long.
Over a quarter (27%) of people who experienced signs of poor mental health waited at least 6 months before taking action to manage their mental health, with three quarters (74%) of those who waited this long wishing they had done so sooner.
Every Mind Matters is an accessible and inclusive platform that gives people the chance to better prepare and deal with life’s ups and downs. Many people can become overwhelmed by daily pressures that stem from work, so we’re urging employers to spread awareness of this tool so that their employees can take simple steps to improving their mental health.
All employees need to do is visit the Every Mind Matters website, take the quiz, and they’ll be provided with a ‘mind plan’ to help them deal with any mental challenges they may be facing.
The website is all full of useful information including tips on how help other people with mental health problems, as well as links to charities, helplines and communities.
To access the Every Mind Matters service, click here.
To read the more about the campaign, click here.
If you would like additional support for your employees, find out about our wellbeing solution the zone.