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Mental Health Awareness In The Workplace

| Becca Clayton

Investing in Your Staff, Investing In Their Mental Health

For many of us, work is a major part of our lives. It is where we spend much of our time, where we earn our income and often where we make friends. Having a fulfilling job can be great for your mental health and general wellbeing.

However, a recent Mental Health Foundation report has found that nearly 2/3 of us have experienced mental ill-health at some point in our lifetime, and that just a shocking 13% of us are living with high levels of positive mental health. Worse still, Business in the Community (BITC) discovered in their 2017 Mental Health at Work survey that 3 out of 5 employees (60%) have experienced mental health issues because of work!

Clearly, just like our physical health, we all need to be increasingly aware of and take ownership of our mental health too!

The Cost to UK Businesses

According to the British Heart Foundation, poor mental wellbeing is costing UK businesses millions of pounds every year.

They have estimated that £30bn+ is the total annual cost of mental health problems in the UK and £7,230 is the average cost of lost employment due to an employee with depression. Also, 91 million work days are lost to mental health problems every year.

Mental Health is still a “no-go” area in many organisations. A subject that isn’t discussed for fear of discrimination. The scale of the problem is staggering.  A review, commissioned by Theresa May in 2017, found that around 300,000 people with long-term mental health problems lose their jobs every year.

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Our Workshop – Transforming Mindsets

During our two-part Mental Health Awareness workshop, we aim to remove the stigma surrounding mental health in the workplace. We think that one of the biggest challenges with mental ill-health is removing the stigma and misconceptions that surrounds it. Its time to break the culture of silence – to raise awarenss, talk and take action!

Many of us don’t hesitate to seek help for a physical pain or ailment yet so many of us ignore emotional and mental health issues – or we feel too ashamed or embarrassed. The sad truth of the matter is that there is a general reluctance to admit to a mental health problem compared to that of any physical illness.

Mental ill-health is very common, and all staff would benefit from greater awareness, as people with poor physical health are more likely to experience mental health difficulties. Equally, people with poor mental health often also have poor physical health.

Mental Health Awareness

Our workshop aims to raise the awareness of mental health. We give a broad overview of what encompasses mental illness, the link between mental and physical health diagnoses and we outline some strategies to improve wellbeing.

These two sessions continually refer to the fact that we all have mental health! They provide attendees with some general strategies to help support any one who is worried about their mental health, and advice about where to find extra support. Like physical health, we all need to be aware of our mental health.

Part One covers: 

  • What is Mental Health?
  • Stigma and Misconceptionsmental health awareness
  • The Impact of Mental ill-health
  • Common Conditions
  • Recognising Symptoms & Distress
  • The Continuum

Part Two covers:

  • Causes and Triggers
  • Mental Health Conditions
  • Coping Mechanisms
  • Mental & Physical Health
  • Intervention & Recovery
  • Ways to Wellbeing

*Each one of our sessions are 90 minutes long. They should be delivered in sequence and are recommended for ALL staff. Our workshops accommodate 8 delegates up to a maximum of 16.

Why don’t you download our guide to helping your staff distress in the workplace. View our 6 reasons why You Should Invest In Staff Mental Health…

Get In Touch

It is our aim to work with businesses and employees across the United Kingdom to address these issues. We want to ensure our workshops tackle the stigma associated with mental health and we aim to help the individuals affected and ensure businesses do not suffer in the long run.

It is time to take action. Let us help embed wellbeing at the heart of your organisation. We can help you take simple positive actions to build a culture that champions good mental health.

This workshop is a clear message and a GREAT first call to action! It is also part of a series of Tonic’s POW (Power of Wellbeing) workshops that all together complete our Employee Resilience programme.

To find out more or to book a workshop in your workplace get in touch. You can contact us online or call 0333 4447365.

REMEMBER – Mental Health Awareness Week is 14th-20th May 2018.

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