The Importance of Mental Health in the Workplace
Each year on the 10th of September people and organisations across the globe come together to raise awareness around suicide prevention. Opening up the conversation around mental health helps to break down the stigmas surrounding them, which is why days like this are created.
According to Samaritans, in 2018 the UK saw an overall increase in suicide, where the number of those who lost their lives rose by a staggering 10.9%. Whilst the statistics for 2020 have not yet been recorded, it is common knowledge that Covid-19 is having a significant impact on people’s mental health. Emerging evidence conducted by the Mental Health Foundation has shown that approximately half of the population (49%) has felt anxious or worried in the previous two weeks. Around 800,000 people globally lose their lives to suicide each year, therefore days like today are so important in their aim to break down the stigma surrounding poor mental health.
On average, British workers will spend 3,515 full days at work during their lifetime. Since such a large portion of our time is spent at work, it’s essential that employers invest time in maintaining positive mental health in the workplace.
Promoting good mental health in the workplace can also be beneficial for business. Poor mental health is costing UK employers more than £33 billion a year and accounts for 15.8 million lost working days. This staggering number can be reduced by simply employers empowering their employees to take good care of their own mental health, and by putting measures in place to ensure this can happen in the workplace. Strong evidence suggests that workplaces which practice good mental health are more productive.
At Secure Power, the mental health and wellbeing of our employees is at the forefront of everything we do. Over the years we have aimed to create a workplace culture where people can be themselves, making it easier for our employees to talk about any mental health concerns they have without fear or worry. Doing so enables a person to reach out for the help they need.
It’s important for a workplace to strive to open up the conversation around mental health. Talking about it, especially in a workplace environment can be daunting. Actively listening to staff and setting up a space that feels safe can make all the difference.
At the start of lockdown, we introduced each member of our staff a wellness action plan, where they could actively monitor their moods, and feedback to management if they needed to. Promoting open communication around mental health is vital.
Secure Power’s Sales Director Carl McCammon says: “Secure Power encourages the workforce to maintain good mental health as staff work satisfaction is a fundamental priority. Being happy in the workplace assists with productivity, creativity and personal motivation.”
Secure Power fully supports National Suicide Prevention Day. We are aware that our employees spend a lot of their time at work, which is why we want to make this environment as positive and as safe as possible. Promoting good mental health in the workplace is a step in the right direction, aiming to create a world where fewer people die by suicide.
If you, or somebody you know is struggling with your mental health, or having an suicidal thoughts, here are some organisations that can help:
Samaritans: 116 123
Papyrus (for those under 35): 0800 068 41 41
CALM: 0800 58 58 58
Childline (for children and young people under 19): 0800 1111