The last 12 months have been usual and challenging to say the least, within Maxi some of us have been furloughed, working from home and or trying to home school our children, all of this may have had an impact on our mental and physical health.
Maxi asked me if I would like to become the Mental Health First Aider, I attended a course last year, to learn about Mental Health in the Workplace, this has enhanced my knowledge on the subject and over the last 18 months I have been assisting some of our colleagues when they have experienced problems.
As a Company we feel that it is very important to have this facility available to all our employees.
We all have to take care of mental health and, just like our physical health, it needs looking after to ensure we stay well. If you are physically unwell, you call the doctors, so the same applies if you are feeling mentally unwell.
It is proven that if people can talk about their experience when in the early stages of mental ill health, then this can prevent the symptoms developing into longer term illness.
1 in 4 people experience a mental health problem of some kind each year, overall the number of people reporting mental health problems has increased in recent years. This could be seen as a positive, as the stigma attached to mental health is being broken down.
At any given time 1 in 6 working age adults have symptoms associated with mental ill health.
We need to educate ourselves on this subject and the ways in which we can help ourselves and our colleagues.
What is Mental Health?
Mental Health covers a variety of different conditions, ranging from depression, anxiety and stress related disorders to schizophrenia and personality disorders. Stress is not technically a mentally health condition, but prolonged stress is linked to mental health conditions such as depression and anxiety.
What can we do to help?
Be kind – sounds simple, but it really makes a difference
If you are worried about a colleague, tell a HR, it’s not gossiping if you are genuinely concerned
Offer to talk
Ask if they are ok, twice? How many times have you asked if someone is ok & they have answered ‘yes, fine’, ask again ‘are you really ok?’ you may get a different response second time around.
Should you require further information or just want to talk to someone in confidence, please call, text or email me.
Written by Rachel Sutton