This Saturday, 10 October is World Mental Health Day (WMH day). A day set aside for organisations and individuals to recognise the part we can all play in improving our own wellbeing and helping others to cope with the symptoms of poor mental health.
Facing challenges together
It’s estimated that 1 in 3 people will suffer with their mental health at some point in their lifetime. Whether with anxiety, depression, panic attacks, stress or many of the other common and less obvious symptoms.
It’s thought to be one of the world’s biggest killers and increasing year-on-year, especially during prolonged periods of isolation and even more so during the winter months. It’s particularly difficult to diagnose the vast array of symptoms, not least because sufferers quite often either don’t know they’re exhibiting signs, are too scared or ashamed to share with others, or don’t have access to help.
So, the first line of defence against combating poor mental health is talking. It’s so simple to do and so valuable. It can be a difficult subject to approach either peer to peer, friend to friend or family member to family member, which is why companies and work places are so vital in helping those of us who suffer.
What can my organisation do?
Thankfully, over the last few years, more and more companies are taking mental health seriously. They’re providing councillors, trained in the unique skills needed to recognise symptoms. They have training in place to coach managers and leaders to help negate and reduce symptoms. Some companies utilise phone lines and outside experts to help their employees. And others like to provide web-based resources, quiet facilities and implement rules about reducing work stress.
There are loads of easy ways your company or department can help improve their employees’ mental health and it all starts with just a conversation.
Find out what your organisation is doing to help and if they don’t have anything in place yet, why not discuss with your colleagues to see if you can organise something.
Mental health and wellbeing conference 5-15 October
In partnership with the Civil Service HR and the Charity for Civil Servants, we are co-hosting this year’s Mental health and wellbeing conference online. A range of speakers, experts and practitioners will be offering insight into looking after our mental health. We hope you can join us.
We’re by your side
If you’re concerned about someone you know, a great place to start are some of the fantastic charities and non-profits available. Try these for some helpful advice and guidance:
We’re passionate about good mental health and looking after our members’ wellbeing. Our dedicated page is packed full of useful tips, tools, activities and inspiration to help your colleagues, loved ones and yourself.