Today is World Mental Health Day and many charities and businesses across the globe are raising awareness of mental health issues.
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.
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.
One In Three Fit Notes Issued For Stress
A new report collecting evidence from GP practices up and down the country has revealed that nearly a third of all fit notes were issued for a mental-health condition. The number of sick notes directly relating to stress increased by around 14% during the research period (2015-16 - 2016-17) and The University of Manchester found that people with high stress, low-security jobs may not have better mental health than those who are unemployed.
Doing Our Bit...
To support and help mark the occasion, we are offering 50% OFF our Stress Awareness Training until the 1st of November (Which just so happens to be Stress Awareness Day! )To claim this offer simply get in touch on 01344 867088 or via firstname.lastname@example.org. If you're making a single-user purchase, you can use our code MENTALHEALTH50.
The course is approved by the likes of IOSH, CPD and The Stress Management Society and takes just 30 minutes to complete online. Free trials are also available!