It’s Mental Health Awareness week this week and we wanted to focus on stress and the impact it has on us.
We all experience stress, in fact it sadly seems to be more prevalent, especially in the workplace and amongst younger people. MHFA (Mental Health First Aid) states that 1 in 6 adults in Britain will experience depression, anxiety or problems relating to stress at any one time.
How does stress impact our mental health?
The Mental Health Foundation say that by managing stress, we can go a long way to tackle mental health problems such as anxiety and depression and, in some instances, depression. In their new report launched this week, they found that over the past year in the UK, almost three quarters of people have at some point felt so stressed that they felt overwhelmed or unable to cope. They make seven key recommendations as to how we can become a less stressed nation.
How can I manage stress?
MHFA have launched an online toolkit to help you to:
- Understand your triggers
- Get to know your unique ‘stress signature’
- Manage your stress levels with self-care
- Reduce the impact of stress on your health and life
How can I help my employees?
The MHF report showed that only 14% of those surveyed felt comfortable about speaking to their manager about stress.
How would your employees feel? Do they have a way to talk to someone (internally or externally) about how stress is impacting them and a way to seek help to manage it?
Some organisations offer confidential, impartial support lines and further professional help and advice.
The MHF report calls for a real change in the way that mental health is treated, alongside new rules for employers to treat stress and mental health risks as seriously as physical health and safety.
The impact of doing nothing as an employer is not only costly from a business perspective (Health & Safety Executive’s research has shown that 12.5 million working days were lost due to work-related stress, depression or anxiety in 2016/17) but massive from a human perspective.
Not sure where to start?
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For confidential support with mental health or suicidal feelings, call Samaritans on 116 123.
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