1 in 6 people experience a common mental health illness every week, and 1 in 5 have considered taking their life at some point.
Mental health illnesses have always been there. We’ve either experienced them, or we know somebody who has. And if you have a close friend or relative who has suffered, you begin to understand the importance of mental health and raising awareness.
We realised that we weren’t as focused as we wanted to be on mental health, and we’re always looking to make positive change. This could be change within the company, for the employees, or even in the community. One way we’ve decided to improve our approach to mental health, is by introducing the Employee Assistance Programme to all employees and their immediate family. The service provides an qualified adviser for those who need somebody to talk to, that don’t have the confidence to speak to somebody in their personal or work life. This introduction was just the beginning of our campaign to end the stigma around mental health.
Last week we signed the Time to Change pledge, which means we’re now committed to changing the way we talk and act about mental health. It’s a big step for us as we continue to focus on improving our employees mental and physical wellbeing, and showing our employees that we’re dedicated to offering support should they need it.
Today we joined over 700 employers by signing the @TimetoChange pledge. This means we’re now committed to improving how we think and act about mental health in the workplace.
So the big question; WHY have we decided to focus more on mental health?
If you know about us or if you’re an avid reader of our blogs, you know how much we care about our employees. That doesn’t just mean giving them a great place to work, providing free breakfast, hiring pizza vans or organising company events. But also caring about their physical and mental health. People with a diagnosed mental health condition have been shown to be at a higher level of risk of developing a more serious illness, or of attempting and committing suicide. We want to offer support, and understand that mental health is integral to positive wellbeing.
1 in 4 people experience a mental health problem each year. It’s not a myth, it’s a fact, and it’s okay not to be okay. “Why” is the most important question we ask ourselves daily, and is the core of our ethos.
Mental health is increasingly being talked about, but it still isn’t enough. We all need to come together,and support each other not only as employers, but just by being good people.