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World Mental Health Day: Thoughts From Our Employees

  • by Career Moves Group
  • 10 Oct 2018

Today we continue the revolution against social stigmas associated with mental health in the workplace. World Mental Health Day was first celebrated in 1992 at the initiative of the World Federation for Mental Health, a global mental health organisation, and today we are provided with an opportunity for all companies to discuss current mental health problems frankly within the workplace.

In light of our continued support for good mental health in the workplace, we asked our staff members to talk openly about their own views on the mental health within the work place. We know that the issue spread world wide, and that initiating difficult conversations can be the first step towards uncovering the problem and working towards the next solution.

So please read from our colleagues, and their personal thoughts on mental health in the workplace:

"We all know that we are living in a Volatile, Uncertain, Complicated, and Ambiguous world. All of us experience anxiety in one form and another and when we do we know how much it affects everything. We can’t sleep properly, eat or function at all well. This means we are not at our best in any aspect of our life.

"So just take a moment to feel what that might be like if you had to try and live with that continuously. It’s crippling for those who have to struggle with any mental disease. All of us need to support each other - so that bad days don’t turn into "I don’t want to see another day" day. Let’s reach out to someone who is living with troubles every day and let them know that we're here to listen!" Sheryll KarpelHead of Career Moves HR (FMCG,Tech, & Corporate)

"Without a positive mental health, our bodies can start to suffer from more serious health problems such as insomnia, headaches and high blood pressure. Because of this it is crucially important that a positive mind set is encouraged within the workplace, a naturally stressful environment.

"I think it’s important that while at work, we encourage each other to take a step back, take breaks when needed and focus on the bigger picture when certain situations, be that work related or in wider life, are overwhelming us." Naomi HodsonOffice Coordinator

"Starting a conversation about mental health doesn’t have to be difficult.

"Mental health problems affect around one in four people in any given year.

"Our mental health is just like our physical health: everybody has it and we need to take care of it.

"Mental health problems can affect anyone, any day of the year, but 10 October is a great day to show your support for better mental health.

"Today is a good day to start looking after your own wellbeing, aswell as support friends, family and your colleagues." Esther FreyneSenior Resourcer

"With 24 hours in a day we spend around 8 sleeping, 8 at work and the other 8 at home (unless your commute takes over an hour like mine!). My point is we spend a lot of time at work, it should be an enjoyable, positive place where we can be open, comfortable and able to have fun with our colleagues while achieving our company goals. Happy World Mental Health Day!" Jess RustonRecruiter

"Mental health issues in the workplace can be solved simply with an appropriate culture that allows for individuals to open up about what they are experiencing without feeling penialised. Currently, the world is not an easy place, and we can't all cope with the ensuing changes with as much ease as one another.

"We are different, we are individuals, and employees need a platform, either one-to-one or otherwise, let their employers know and open the conversation. For this to be done, employers need to make that space available and need to be ready to listen to their employees as a person asking for help." Lydia Baxter, Marketing Executive

"Mental health is an issue that is often overlooked by employers and society in general, despite 1 in 4 admitting that they have mental health problems. When you also take in to account that most of the population spend more time at work than with their loved ones, it really is shocking that wellness is not part of the HR agenda for a lot of organisations.

"Now you may think this sounds like the musings of an entitled millennial, but there is a clear case to be made for ensuring your workforce is happy. By creating a culture that promotes mental wellness will reduce unplanned absences, increase productivity and reduce employee attrition.

"So the next time an employee resigns or takes time off, ask yourself why? Is there something that you could have done to prevent this? Is there anything that can be done to create a healthier office environment?

"The measures you can introduce don’t have to be particularly costly. Creating open channels of communication across a business and promoting a work/life balance can really help. Think of the quick wins that make a huge impact.

"Finally, the best thing to do to improve mental health in the workplace is to TALK ABOUT IT. It’s time to end the stigma attached to this illness and a lot of organisations need to do more to help with this." Catherine BulsHuman Resources Manager

Please find information on promotion of mental health for employers here: http://www.enwhp.org/fileadmin/downloads/8th_Initiative/MentalHealth_Broschuere_Arbeitgeber.pdf 

Here at Career Moves, we understand the difficulties that the cultural shift to an open discussion on Mental Health brings. We are running a Wellbeing Event on November 15th, so please contact us HERE for more information.

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