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Supporting Mental Health Awareness Week 2023

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Mental Health Awareness Week is an ideal time for us all to think about mental health, tackle stigma, and foster working environments that protect our mental well-being. Mental Health Awareness Week will run from May 15 to May 21, and this year’s theme is focusing on anxiety.  

Anxiety is a pervasive mental health issue that can arise from a multitude of life events, such as exam pressures, relationships, starting a new job, or financial insecurity. In fact, the inability to meet our basic needs, such as heating our homes or buying food, can also trigger anxiety. Sadly, anxiety has become a common experience for many adults today. According to a recent mental health survey, six in ten adults feel anxious at least some of the time, while a quarter reported feeling so anxious that it prevents them from doing everyday tasks some or all of the time. 

However, it’s important to note that anxiety is manageable, and seeking support can make a significant difference. The focus on anxiety hopes to increase awareness and understanding of the issue while providing information on the things that can help prevent it from becoming a problem.  

Why should mental health be a part of any companies’ health and safety? 

Mental health should be a part of a company’s health and safety plans as mental health issues can have a significant impact on an employee’s well-being and their ability to work effectively. If left unaddressed, mental health problems can lead to increased absentees, presenteeism (where employees attend work but are not fully productive), reduced morale, and increased staff turnover. This can all have a negative impact on the company’s productivity, reputation, and bottom line. 

Mental health issues are common in the workplace, and they can arise from a variety of factors, including workload, job insecurity, relationship difficulties, bullying, and harassment. Employers have a legal duty of care to protect their employees from harm, including harm to their mental health. This means that they should take steps to prevent mental health problems from occurring in the first place, as well as supporting employees who are experiencing mental health difficulties. 

Promoting good mental health can have positive benefits for both employees and the company. By creating a supportive and inclusive work environment, employers can improve employee morale and job satisfaction, which can lead to improved productivity, creativity, and innovation. Additionally, by promoting good mental health, employers can reduce the stigma surrounding mental health issues and create a culture where employees feel comfortable seeking support when they need it. 

For more information on Mental Health Awareness Week, and to get involved, click here.