Mental Health in the Workplace

At least 1 in 4 people will experience some kind of mental health problem each year
1 in 5 take a day off work due to stress
37% of men are worried or low yet the closest people to them may have no idea there's a problem
A quarter of people consider resigning due to stress, having a colleague in your corner can make all the difference
70 million working days are lost each year due to mental health costing Britain annually £70-£100 Billion
Women are 20-40% more likely to develop a mental health problem
In the last 6 years the number of working days lost to stress, depression and anxiety has increased by 24%
Anxiety and Depression are the most common mental health problems. Less than half of employees said they would feel able to talk openly with their line manager if they were suffering from stress

We can only cope with so much. Imagine you have a stress container, the more stresses you have, the more it fills up and eventually it’ll over spill. Helpful coping strategies will help reduce these stresses and make life and work more manageable.

Here’s some tips from Mental Health First Aid:

Get moving! Physical and mental health are connected so eat well and exercise to release endorphins.

Setting aside time to have fun or indulge yourself. Positive emotions can help build a buffer against stress.

Sharing how you’re feeling. It’s OK to ask for help and support.

Switching off from distractions and make time for yourself as a regular part of your routine. Schedule a reminder if you need to.

Learning a new skill.

Overdoing it on sugar, caffeine or alcohol. They’re a quick fix which can increase stress in the long term.

Overworking and checking your emails out of hours. We all need time to unwind.

Spending too much of your free time in front of a screen, phone included. Don’t feel pressured to always be ‘doing’ something.

Chasing perfection can create unrealistic expectations. Accept that mistakes will happen.

Bottling up your feelings and assuming they will go away. This can make things worse in the long run.

Wellbeing Check-list

Try using this list each week to check in with your mental health

Where’s my mental health today?

How do I feel today?

How’s my thinking today?

How are my thoughts making me feel?
Am I having unhelpful thoughts?

Looking after my wellbeing

Am I drinking enough water and eating a balanced diet?
How did I sleep last night?
Did I feel rested when I woke up?
Is there anything I can improve?

My Stress Container

How full is my container?
Am I using helpful coping strategies?
Are they working?