World Mental Health Day at Work

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World mental health day at work

Today is the World Mental Health Day and this year marks the 25th annual World Mental Health Day.

The aim of this year’s World Mental Health Day is to raise awareness of the importance of mental health in the workplace. Mental health problems are all too common in the workplace and it is the leading cause of sickness absence. A staggering 70 million work days are lost each year due to mental health problems in the UK,  It was first celebrated in 1992 at the initiative of the World Federation for Mental Health, a global mental health organization with members and contacts in more than 150 countries.

Mental Health in the workplace

Stress, depression, and anxiety are the most common mental health difficulties reported by employees. Reports indicate a

  • 14% rise in the number of people presenting with mental health problems at work
  • 60% of employees have experienced mental health issue due to work
  • 76% of those who have experienced a mental health issue as a result of work feel that colleagues care about their wellbeing
    …but just 11% disclosed it to a line manager
  • 53% of people feel comfortable talking about mental health at work

Looking after your mental health

Talk about your feelings

Talking about your feelings can help promote positive mental health and help you deal with times when you feel troubled

Be caring towards one another

Take an interest in each other’s lives and, if your gut says something’s not quite right with a colleague/friend, take the time to find out what’s wrong and if you can help

Keep active

Regular exercise can boost your self-esteem and can help you concentrate, sleep and feel better. Exercise keeps the brain and your other vital organs healthy, and is also a significant benefit towards improving your mental health

Eat well

Your brain needs a mix of nutrients in order to stay healthy and function well, just like the other organs in your body. A diet that’s good for your physical health is also good for your mental health

Keep in touch

There’s nothing better than catching up with someone face to face, but that’s not always possible. You can also give them a call, drop them a note, or chat to them online instead

Ask for help

None of us are superhuman. We all sometimes get tired or overwhelmed by how we feel or when things don’t go to plan. Your family, friends or HR manager may be able to offer practical help or a listening ear

Take a break

Try to avoid eating lunch at your desk. Take the time to have a break, get some fresh air if possible and a change of environment

You can find more advice mind.org.uk or mentalhealth.org.uk

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