Time to Talk Day 2020 – why your business should be talking about mental health
1 in 4 of us experience a mental health problem each year
But too many people still feel isolated and ashamed when it comes to their mental health.
Thursday 6th February 2020 marks Time to Talk Day, a campaign that aims to change how people think and act about mental health by encouraging more people to talk about it.
While many businesses have employee wellbeing strategies in place, some still tend to shy away from actually talking about the topic of mental health. Encouraging your employees to be more open and have regular conversations about their mental health is key to removing the stigma because it makes it part of normal, everyday life. So, today is a great opportunity for you to get a conversation going about mental health in your business and be part of an important movement.
Talking has the power to change lives.
Because of the shame too many of us feel when experiencing a mental health problem, people often say they’re ‘fine’ when really, they’re not. We’ve probably all done it at some point, but part of breaking the stigma attached to mental health, is talking about it.
Mental health doesn’t have to be an awkward topic of conversation, especially in the workplace. In fact, the more it’s talked about in your business, the easier it’ll be for your employees to reach out when their mental health is challenged.
This is why it’s important to build a culture and environment where employees feel comfortable and are regularly encouraged to engage in conversations about mental health.
Listen to people’s experiences, without judgement.
Just like talking helps, listening helps too. For anyone going through a mental health problem, knowing that someone is there to talk to will really help to drive away any feelings of shame and isolation. You might not necessarily understand how someone is feeling, but listening and acknowledging their thoughts and feelings will show them that they’re not alone. This can make all the difference.
You don’t need to be an expert to do this either. In the workplace, it can be as simple as sparing a moment to make a cup of tea and have a chat with someone. What is crucial is that you provide a safe, judgement-free environment for employees to talk.
Start a conversation today.
Whether you host a coffee morning at your work or simply spread the message among your people, engaging with fantastic campaigns like Time to Talk Day is a great way to enhance your wellbeing strategy while helping to break the stigma attached to mental health.
This year, the Time to Talk Day campaign is using the game ‘Would you rather?’ to get the nation talking about mental health. Their workplace conversation pack is full of materials, activity ideas and tips on how spread their message further.