The theme of mental health awareness week 2019 is body image.
Poor image affects mental wellbeing and this, in turn, can impact people’s ability to perform at work. The big question is, what can employers do to raise awareness and engage with mental health issues? And not just this week but every week and day of the year.
The reason why organisations should focus on mental health is that staff wellbeing leads to greater staff productivity, improved morale and retention, reduced sickness, absence and presenteeism. A survey by Mind UK showed that out of 44.000 employees 48% had experienced poor mental health but only 50% of those had told their employer. Do you really know what is going on for the people you lead? Do you fulfil your duty of care towards your employees?
The aim is, of course, to help others and let them know that it is ok to talk about mental health and wellbeing. We all have mental health and are concerned about our own wellbeing so why not share that concern to create a positive support network in your place of work.
If you, your team or your organisation struggle with engaging in mental health discussions then perhaps we at Blacklight can help to create the right interventions to improve the culture’s mental health at your workplace.
For more general information on mental health click here.