Are you shining a light on mental health awareness at your business? Mental health is all over our news feeds and although it’s important to raise awareness of mental health today, it is also crucial that you have a wellbeing strategy in place for your people all year round.
An invisible epidemic
Stress, depression, burnout syndrome and anxiety have reached epidemic proportions, with the Mental Health Foundation recording that almost 3 out of 4 UK Adults have “felt so stressed at some point over the last year that they felt overwhelmed or unable to cope1”. Perhaps more worryingly, just under 1 in 5 have “self-harmed as a result of stress ”. Also, figures from 2017 showed the lowest sickness absence rate on record  – reflecting how employees can sometimes get even more stressed when contemplating being signed off sick and worrying about getting behind or losing their job – resulting in presenteeism, where people still go to work even though they are ill.
The World Health Organisation estimates that by 2021 occupational stress will be the leading cause of absenteeism and presenteeism at work.
World Health Organisation
Remove the stigma
Whilst there is no one-solution-fits-all for mental health, here are some low cost ideas you can build into your wellness strategy to help your employees feel supported and to create a culture where mental health can be openly discussed with your people feeling cared for:
• Openness – Remove the stigma and create an environment that encourages open and honest conversations about issues such as stress or workload, and then ensure you have a system in place to support people through these issues
• Workplace Champions – Create Mental Health Champions and provide Mental Health First Aid training to nominated employees
Please talk to us on 0354 548 4106 or firstname.lastname@example.org, if you would like some assistance with your wellbeing strategy.
Give your people the right tools
1. The Employee Assistance Programme
A free 24/7 telephone-based service where your employees can seek help and guidance from trained counsellors for managing their stress at work and at home – while feeling safe and secure in the knowledge that everything shared and discussed on the call is completely confidential.
2. Gym Discounts (Just one of our employee lifestyle discounts)
Exercise is as good, if not more so, for mental health as it is for physical health. “Exercise is a powerful depression fighter for several reasons. Most importantly, it promotes all kinds of changes in the brain, including neural growth, reduced inflammation, and new activity patterns that promote feelings of calm and wellbeing. It also releases endorphins, powerful chemicals in your brain that energise your spirits and make you feel good” With employee discounted gym membership as part of our range of available perks – don’t underestimate the value of your staff being healthy in body and mind.
Positive Occupational Wellbeing Resource. Promote health, reduce stress and improve contentment with POWR, a clinically developed evidence based digital wellbeing tool. Your staff can access incredible self-help tools to manage stress, anxiety and depression as well as learn new skills – for employers and HR managers, it allows quick snapshots (on a group anonymised basis) of the general state of the health of your workforce, mentally and physically – as well as seeing how well engaged your workforce is with the wellbeing activity plans generated for each employee on an individual tailored basis.
Do you think that your business could benefit from an employee wellbeing overhaul? It’s easy to get started and can make a huge difference. Why not request a demo?
 https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/news/stressed-nation-74-uk-overwhelmed-or-unable-cope-some-point-past-year | Retrieved 11/04/19
 https://www.ons.gov.uk/employmentandlabourmarket/peopleinwork/employmentandemployeetypes/articles/sicknessabsencefallstothelowestratein24years/2018-07-30 | Retrieved 11/04/19
 https://www.helpguide.org/articles/healthy-living/the-mental-health-benefits-of-exercise.htm/ | Retrieved 11/04/19