Mental ill health is extremely common, affecting one in four of us at some point in our lives. In their publication Promoting Mental Health in the Workplace (June 2019) ACAS estimated that the cost of mental ill health to UK employers each year is between £33 - £42 billion.
According to ACAS, employees that are supported by their employer are more likely to stay in work and are able to return to work more easily after a period of absence. Employees with positive mental health are more likely to work productively, interact well with colleagues, and adapt more easily to change. Conversely, employees who feel unable to talk to their employer about their mental health may attend work when unwell, impacting on individual and team productivity.
The workplace offers an optimal setting to foster health promotion as there are already well established communication structures in place, therefore ensuring that health programmes and policies come from one central team.
How Can You Promote Healthy Behaviours In Your Organisation?
Employers can offer incentives to reinforce healthy behaviours such as:
· Offer free or subsidised clinical assessment from a qualified mental health professional, followed by directed feedback and clinical referral when appropriate.
· Offer health promotion incentives for mental health interventions such as counselling, lifestyle coaching, or nutritional therapy.
· Create and maintain dedicated, quiet spaces for relaxation activities.
· Give employees opportunities to participate in decisions about issues that affect job stress.
How Can We Help You?
It is now well understood that our mental and physical health are inextricably connected, each impacting the other. Research has found that workplace health initiatives are most successful when they combine both mental and physical health interventions. At Mind Health Matters Ltd we offer a holistic approach to health care, we offer a unique service in that we can design and deliver bespoke health care packages that encompass all aspects of lifestyle, adapted to meet your organisation’s specific requirements.
Mind Health Matters Ltd provide mental health self-assessment tools to all employees. We signpost to specialised organisations and services, and provide materials, such as brochures, fliers, and videos, to employees about the signs and symptoms of poor mental health, and opportunities for treatment.
We design and deliver bespoke seminars or workshops that address depression and stress management techniques, like mindfulness, breathing exercises, and meditation, to help employees reduce anxiety and stress and improve focus and motivation.
We offer training to managers to help them recognize the signs and symptoms of stress and depression in team members and encourage them to seek help from qualified mental health professionals. We have a highly qualified and experienced team of mental health professionals able to deliver the highest standard of mental health care to your employees. Contact us to find out how we can help you make improvements to your workplace health.