Today is World Mental Health Day and many charities and businesses across the globe are helping to raise awareness of mental ill-health.
Did you know that every year, 1 in 4 adults will at some point suffer from a mental health issue? These problems can have an impact on social life, work, relationships and can even affect a person’s ability to make it through the day. But one of the biggest problems in today's society is a negative attitude towards mental health amongst some people. Obviously, this attitude is ill-informed and very damaging, it makes it very difficult for people suffering from mental health issues to speak to others about it and receive help. In fact, only a quarter of people with mental health issues actually seeks help, leaving the majority of people to battle with their problems alone.
Arguably the biggest challenge regarding poor mental health is breaking the stigma that surrounds the topic. Where many people don't hesitate to seek help for a physical problem, there are surprisingly few people who will seek help for emotional and mental health issues.
Making your workplace 'Mental Health-Friendly'
At iHasco we are incredibly lucky to have a workplace and bosses that are mental health-friendly. We understand that this isn't the case for all workplaces but there are some very simple things you can do to make your workplace more mental health-friendly!
- Be open about Mental Health - Make it clear to your staff/colleagues that you care about mental health, this can be as simple as sending an email to everyone explaining your commitment to mental health.
- Establish a way of giving feedback - Let your staff give feedback on the business and how it could be improved. Many companies have created anonymous feedback boxes that senior management take a look at, at the end of each month - great idea!
- Look out for any changes in staff - Do they seem stressed? Behaving differently around colleagues? Drinking or smoking more often? If so, check up on them and see if they're okay.
- Be flexible - At iHasco we are very fortunate to have flexible working hours but we understand that this isn't possible in all workplaces. However, you don't have to offer huge amounts of flexibility for your staff to be grateful. An hour, or even half an hour either side of the usual start and finish times can really help staff out and reduce stress, particularly if they have the dreaded school run to deal with!
- Don't feel awkward! - We get it - mental health is not an easy topic to bring up and you might not feel like it's your place to talk to someone about their mental health but just having a chat with someone can be so powerful, you don't have to be an expert, just let them know that you're there for them, if they ever need to talk.
What iHasco are doing to #BreakTheStigma
Our Mental Health Awareness Courses
Here at iHasco, we offer 3 Mental Health Awareness Courses, they have been brilliantly received by our clients and have so far been completed by over 7,000 learners!
- Mental Health Awareness Training
- Mental Health Awareness for Managers Training
- Mental Health in Construction Training
Each course talks about poor mental health and how to manage it. They also all include our Wellbeing Toolkit, as well as other useful external resources.
Raising money for the Samaritans
This March, we announced our partnership with The Samaritans of Bracknell, Wokingham, Ascot & Districts and we agreed on a yearly target of £2,000. We are happy to say that, 7 months on, we have hit the target already, through donations from our clients & staff, often in exchange for taking part in our workplace events! Here are some pictures of our iHasconian's attending some Samaritans events: