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It’s Mental Health Awareness Week

| Becca Clayton

Mental Health Awareness Week runs from 10th to 16th May. It’s a fantastic prompt for us all to really prioritise our mental health. It’s a topic close to our heart here at Tonic Wellbeing, not just this week but all through the year. Untreated poor mental health impacts lives – our families, our colleagues and it can lead to serious health complications! But the good news is there are steps we can take to identify the causes and symptoms. There are also things we can do to help us move up the continuum of health to optimal wellbeing where we all thrive and excelling.  The workplace has a vital role to play. See our continuum below!

What is Mental Health Awareness Week? #MHAW

Hosted by the Mental Health Foundation, Mental Health Awareness Week is an annual event which aims to bring everyone together to focus on achieving good mental health. This year the Foundation’s chosen theme for Mental Health Awareness Week is ‘nature‘.  Their research shows that going outside for walks was one the most popular ways people used to cope with the long months of the pandemic.

45% of us reported that being in green spaces was vital for our mental health and that people took time to notice nature more. Nature has a unique ability, even in small amounts, to be effective in protecting our mental health and preventing stress.

Surely it’s therefore worth considering how you might be able to carve time into your every day, to take a break (leave your office or kitchen table, move away from your laptop) and get outside!

How do mental health problems affect workplaces?

At Tonic Wellbeing, a upward trend over the last 18 months has been helping employees improve their mental health.  According to the HSE 17.9 million days are lost each year in he UK due to work related stress, depression or anxiety. Over a third of HR managers reported an increase in stress related absenteeism in the last 12 months. No doubt the pandemic had a huge impact on this figure.

Today managers have a responsibility to look after the wellbeing of their staff whether they work in the office or at home.

So how do you know if there is a problem, let alone help your colleagues, when your workforce has been working in highly unusual circumstances for the last year? Or maybe they are now returning after a long period of working from home?

Find out how mental health problem are impacting  your organisation!

“Would you like to know the true costs of how mental health affects your own organisation post-Covid?  Tonic Wellbeing can help.

During Mental Health Awareness Week we are offering companies the opportunity to commission a FREE Employee Resilience Report for their business. Compiled using a confidential online questionnaire (for completion by everyone in the organisation) the results will show just how resilient your people are.

It’s a very simple process, confidential and informative.  The Employee Resilience Report will give you a real insight into how your business will cope as people return to ‘normal’ work after lockdown restrictions end.” 

Becca Clayton

For more information on our FREE STAFF RESILIENCE REPORT please click HERE.

We think differently when it comes to Mental Health

We recognise that it can be difficult to know where to start if you want to boost your own, or your colleagues’ mental health. A clear distinction is often made between ‘mind’ and ‘body’ but at Tonic we believe the two are intrinsically linked. Poor physical health can lead to an increased risk of developing mental health problems. Similarly, mental ill health will negatively impact on physical health, leading to an increased risk of some conditions.

Let us help you invest time equally in the pillars of wellbeing: NUTRITION, ACTIVITY, SLEEP, RELAXATION & STRESS MANAGEMENT.

What is a Stress Risk Assessment?

A stress risk assessment is the place to start. If your organisation has not conducted one we can help you.

Tackling stress is paramount to effective management of health and wellbeing in every workplace. Plus, under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 employers have a general duty to ensure, as far as is reasonable practicable, the health of their employees at work. This includes looking after their mental wellbeing.

A stress risk assessment is a careful examination of what in a workplace could cause staff to suffer from work-related stress. It will help you weigh up whether you have done enough, or should do more, to prevent harm. We fully manage this process for you.

Prevention is Better than Cure

Armed with information about the costs and causes of stress in your organisation, the Tonic Toolbox offers year round activities, health checks, 1-2-1 coaching and education. This will empower employees with the wellbeing tools they need. We use the government commissioned Thriving at Work report from 2017 as our framework to tackle mental health as part of a whole. Our approach is holistic and we make wellbeing personal to you and your people.

Amongst the wellbeing solutions we offer are various MHFA training programmes, we say however the best place to start is our mental health awareness workshop . This is available online and, as offices opens up, back on-site too. It is suitable for everyone. Presented in a 2-part format, the first more educative, the second more interactive. Our ultimate aims are to remove the stigma surrounding mental health. We want to help participants develop a positive mental health attitude with simple toolkit provided in the session.

Other wellbeing workshops are available covering stress management, physical activity, sleep & relaxation and resilience. More information can be found by clicking on the following link or image below to download the attached Our Wellbeing Services – A Complete Guide.

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