World Mental Health Day 2019: Supporting employees today and everyday
Today is World Mental Health Day. This campaign, started by the World Health Organisation, takes place on the 10th October every year to emphasise the importance of taking care of our own mental health as well as supporting others’.
While mental health problems can affect anyone, at any time of the year, today is good opportunity to remind ourselves just how important mental health is. The workplace can often be a high pressure and high stress environment which can breed mental health issues such as stress and anxiety. Worryingly, research from Mind UK found that a culture of fear exists in the workplace which results in employees not speaking up when they’re going through a hard time or suffering from a long-term mental health problem. 30% of employees disagreed with the statement ‘I would feel able to talk openly with my line manager if I was feeling stressed.’
However, it’s clear that employers want to be there for their employees, with 56% saying that they would like to do more to improve staff wellbeing but don’t feel they have the right training or guidance.
Staring a conversation about mental health in the workplace doesn’t have to be difficult. That’s why we’re sharing some handy resources that’ll help you provide support for your employees.
The mental health charity have a range of fantastic free resources, including:
From posters that you can put around work to boost the wellbeing of your employees, to guidance and advice for Line Managers, MHFA have a range of useful resources.
Every six seconds, the samaritans respond to a call for help. For issues that are urgent or more serious, direct your employees to the following phone number: 116 123
Our health and wellbeing platform, the zone, is designed to give employees access to a range of services all in one place. Covering emotional, financial and physical health, employees can log into the platform and find a feature for their needs.
To find out more click here.
World Health Organisation (WHO)
The theme for this year’s World Mental Health Day is suicide prevention, and the WHO have created a resource for employers to use. Click here to access it. They’ve also produced the below video:
For more information about World Mental Health Day, click here.