As part of our 2020 Journey to Wellness campaign we’re writing about key health and wellbeing events taking place throughout the year. Improving mental health, as with physical, should be a year-round focus and our Time to Talk Day on the 6th February is a great way to begin.
Time to Talk Day, established by the Mind and Rethink Mental Illness charities' campaign ‘Time to Change’, aims to change people’s attitudes and behaviours towards mental health.
On 6th February, people around the country will be encouraged to talk to each other about their mental health. It sounds simple, but how often do you know a withdrawn colleague, or one acting differently to normal? What about the person who has just come back from sick leave? Or the one caring for an elderly relative alone?
Time to Talk Day is all about encouraging simple conversations to help destigmatise mental health. The more these problems are talked about the less impact they have. The simple thought of knowing they’re not alone and someone is there to listen without judgement can make a massive difference to someone struggling.
One in four of us will experience a mental health problem in just the space of 12 months, which can lead to time off work, lost hours and productivity for the employer. This begs the question; can you really afford to not look after your employees’ mental health?
Using events like Time to Talk Day is an easy way to have a positive impact at a low cost. You could book out a room to create a safe space for people to talk with the help of your company’s mental health first aiders. You could also involve the senior management team to show the company is looking out for your staff and inspire employees to follow the behaviour of their managers.
It’s good to ask the team if they have first-hand experience of mental health issues and share suggestions on how to have conversations with employees about their mental health and how to understand the differences between anxiety and depression.
In addition to your employees, it’s also important to extend the conversation to line managers, who are often left overlooked with pressure from senior management and employees they look after.
By looking after your own mental health and that of your employees, you will not only be helping them feel more secure and looked after, but you’ll also likely be creating a happier, more productive workforce.
Follow the link for an overview of conditions: https://www.time-to-change.org.uk/about-mental-health/types-problems
For more information, visit www.time-to-change.org.uk.
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