The pandemic and the ever-changing rules for restrictions and lockdowns will have impacted the wellbeing and mental health of your staff. People have had to adapt to new ways of shopping, meeting up with loved ones and working in the last 18 months. It can be hard to cope with change at the best of times but dealing with continual changes in a short space of time can contribute to poor mental health and feelings of anxiety.
There is a recent trend of workers who have been working remotely during the last 18 months, developing addictions such as gaming, alcohol, food, and exercise. The dependencies may be triggered by the stresses and worries caused by the pandemic.
Working remotely may have made people feel isolated and lonely, especially if they live alone and they look forward to going into the office to socialise and connect with colleagues. Loneliness is more damaging to our health than smoking 15 cigarettes a day.
As a line manager or a colleague, you can be ‘mental health aware’ by spotting the signs of stress, anxiety, and depression in your team. Changes in behaviour are often indicative that someone could be struggling and in need of support. By noticing that some needs help, you can open a conversation and signpost them to where to get assistance before it’s too late.
Promoting positive mental health at work
Mental health problems costs UK employers up to £45 billion each year. For £1 spent on mental health interventions, employers get back £5 in reduced absence, presenteeism and staff turnover (Deloitte, 2020). Any budget spent on mental health awareness is undoubtedly an investment for your company and your staff.
Clare Davis of Nova Associates delivers mental health training courses which challenge stigmas of mental health in the workplace and help create a happy and healthy company culture. Clare has a YouTube channel and Podcast series called ‘Mental Health Chats’, and the topics include Men’s Mental Health, Menopause and Emotional Fitness to name a few.
Clare is qualified to deliver the Mental Health First Aider England certifications including ‘Half Day Adult Mental Health Awareness’. This course helps attendees understand the stigmas of mental health and how to challenge them, gain basic knowledge of common mental health issues, and give them confidence to offer help when they spot someone in difficulty.
Wote Street People is pleased to invite you to attend an online half day course on Adult Mental Health Awareness on 20th January 2022 9am – 1pm, presented by Clare. Click here for more information and to book your place.0
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