‘Mental Health we all have it’. Everyone has mental health and everyone has strategies to keep their’s healthy.
We all want to be fit and healthy and recognise that a healthy workforce has benefits for not only the employer but also the employee. We see lots of material and activity to encourage physical fitness; equally as important is mental health. The big question will be what are organisations doing to encourage healthy minds?
This week 18th -24th May 2020 is Mental Health Awareness. There are simple steps you can take to look after your mental health, one of the most important is to accept we all have mental health and like physical health we can recognise when we are becoming unhealthy. This year’s theme for Mental Health Awareness is Kindness. Kindness in supporting others around us. Through acts of Kindness, we can increase connections and find new ways to interact with the increase in physical isolation. Everyone benefits.
It is widely recognised and proven that the impact of Covid19, lockdown and isolation will have an impact on mental health. Not only during lockdown but also as lockdown is eased. It is reported that levels of anxiety will remain high this will in turn impact mental health. The negative effects of poor mental health on the workforce as reported by the Institute of Directors 37% of suffers are more likely to get into conflict with colleagues, 48% find it harder to juggle multiple tasks, 85% find it difficult to concentrate, 64%t take longer to do tasks, 48% are potentially less patient with customers/clients.
COVID19 is referred to as a crisis, other synonyms for Crisis include calamity, catastrophe, diaster, emergency, cataclysm, tradegy (Cambridge Dictionary) When you understand the true gravity of the meaning it is little surprise that the UN warns of a global mental health crisis due to COVID19 pandemic . “The isolation, the fear, the uncertainty, the economic turmoil – they all-cause or could cause psychological distress,” said Devora Kestel, director of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) mental health department.
As employers we all have a duty of care to acknowledge the physical and mental impact on employees and help create not only safe environments to work in but also to be able to voice their concerns. From creating safe physical spaces to creating forums and management styles to encourage open communications. We also need to make sure we are aware of how to support employees with both their physical and mental health. The two are not unrelated.
In this episode of EmpowerCX Now UK we talk with Sally Bee . Sally is a Heart Health Expert, Author, Presenter, and Wellness Coach.
Director Marketing, Sitel UKI