It’s so important for our mental health that we look after ourselves.
Why is it so important?
Here’s a few facts:
- It’s estimated that one in four adults are affected by mental health issues at some point in their lives
- Mental health at work is the leading cause of absence in the UK
- Mental health issues, such as depression or anxiety, account for almost 70 million sick days in the UK
- The total cost to the UK economy is estimated at around £70 billion (OECD)
- People with mild to moderate mental illness, such as anxiety or depression, are twice as likely to be unemployed
Many are worried about opening up about their mental ill health, due to the stigma attached to it. In 2016, the mental health charity, Mind, shared just how costly a culture of fear and silence around mental health is to employers:
- More than one in five (21%) agreed that they had called in sick to avoid work, when asked how workplace stress had affected them
- 14% agreed that they had resigned and 42% had considered resigning when asked how workplace stress had affected them
- 56% of employers said they would like to do more to improve staff wellbeing but don’t feel they have the right training or guidance.
30 per cent of staff disagreed with the statement ‘I would feel able to talk openly with my line manager if I was feeling stressed’
How can I help?
Many mental health charities strongly recommend training for managers so they can recognise the symptoms in their team members and help to get them the right support.
We were very grateful to the Christian Safeguarding Services team who delivered an insightful and informative Mental Health Awareness course for church leaders and volunteers last week.
Do you need help and advice on how best to support your employees or volunteers in this area? Contact Cornerstone by clicking the below button or calling us on 07908 875146 to discuss further.