Mental Health in the Workplace
This year CDS are supporting Samaritans. Samaritans provide a range of support services to people at critical times. Their ultimate focus is on prevention. Many of the referrals that Samaritans receive are from those who are suffering to varying degrees Mental health issues.
Mental health is an important subject but has not always been recognised that way, in recent years it is emerging from the shadows into the light with people talking about their issues openly with a much more understanding and empathetic response. This has also resulted in more and more people using the confidential, anonymous support that Samaritans provides.
The workplace can be a highly stressful place at the best of times, with deadlines to meet, large workloads to manage and colleague conflicts to deal with all being regular occurrences. Issues like these can be elevated even more for someone with a mental health problem or create mental health problems, this will affect more people than you think with one in four of us having a mental health issue at some point in our lives.
The workplace is where we spend a large amount of our lives and so it is crucial that we feel happy, healthy and safe within our working environments. Mental health sounds like a very serious condition that many people don’t like being labelled with but it can be as simple as feeling a bit low, depressed or anxious or having deeper levels of these issues as well as many others.
Mental health issues can massively impact on the work environment with low morale, low productivity, concentration, motivation and also on absence levels. But most importantly it is about the people and everyone’s responsibility to look out for one another and recognise the signs for when someone is struggling. Companies need to be able to take an interest in their employees and and notice when somethings not right in order to help and support the individual in the best way they can.
At CDS we appreciate the importance of good mental health and how crucial it is to support people within the workplace, with this is mind we are delighted to support. The Samaritans as our charity of choice for 2019. The Sarmatians offer an invaluable national service 24 hours a day 356 days per week, a service providing people with support and someone to turn to when struggling to cope, in distress or at extremes, suicidal. Many companies offer an EAP, perhaps also discretely making staff aware of the contact details of this fabulous organisation might also be a great thing to do.
Although Mental Health is now a popularly discussed subject many people are still scared to discuss their problems in fear of ‘not being normal’ or worrying what people might think. This is particularly true within families.
If we could all take a leaf out of the Samaritans book and try to be more thoughtful of the people around us, colleagues, employees and so on we could make it a better environment for everyone and potentially have a much more positive outcome.
Posted: Saturday 26 January 2019