Mental health problems can, and do affect anyone, any day of the year. Today is World Mental Health Day, and a great opportunity to show your support for better mental health and start looking after your own wellbeing.
Our mental health is just like our physical health: everybody has it and we need to take care of it.
Mental health problems affect around one in four people in any given year, from more common problems such as depression and anxiety to rarer problems like schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.
In many workplaces, mental health is the elephant in the room and too often employees are afraid to talk to a senior member of staff, and from there problems can spiral.
Research carried out by Mind, the mental health charity found this culture of silence around mental health is costly to employers, and more than one in five (21 percent) admitted to calling in sick to avoid work when asked how workplace stress affected them.
14 percent of people told Mind they had resigned, and 42 percent had considered resigning when asked how workplace stress had affected them. 56 percent of employers said they would like to help to improve staff wellbeing but don’t feel they have the right training or guidance.
With this in mind, it’s time to think about what you can do to help your own mental health, and that of your employees. There’s tons of advice online, but there’s no harm in talking to your employees about what they think could be done to improve their workplace wellbeing.
Get in touch with Olive Massage to find out how we can help with everything from workplace stress to employee reward schemes.