FTSE 100 firms focusing on mental health see financial results

FTSE 100 firms focusing on mental health see financial results

I am delighted to see that employers are increasingly recognising the importance of preventative care for the mental health of their employees. "Poor mental health is costing the economy billions". Less than a year ago, official statistics highlighted Yorkshire and the Humber as having the highest suicide rate in the United Kingdom - with over 600 reported cases in 2015. The cross-profession Legal Professions Taskforce was founded in May a year ago, initiated by the Law Society and driven by LawCare This aims to establish and share best practice across the profession, improve the perception of mental heath and wellbeing and address what barriers still exist to people seeking help. Being more adaptable with working hours and locations for employees could mean reduced instances of absenteeism and prevent problems escalating for your business in the long run. The public would, quite rightly, be outraged.

Almost half of companies have a clearly-defined wellbeing strategy in place, compared to less than a third in 2016 and the majority of these strategies now include mental health, with 15 per cent of employers planning to add mental health initiatives to their strategy this year.

The State Government is giving $500,000 to the partnership to allow UWA researchers to promote positive mental health and wellbeing via assessment tools, training modules, educational materials and other resources.

The idea of "bringing your whole self to work" has been around in the USA since 2015. The reality is that destigmatisation of mental health is still sorely needed and employees naturally feel more comfortable talking about their energy levels and the concept of feeling flat or lethargic than they do about their mental health. According to Bhagwargar, any of the following require the attention of a mental health professional. Factors such as a male-dominated workforce (men are statistically less likely to report an issue), instability within the sector, and working away from home for weeks at a time, all contribute to the high number of those experiencing depression, stress and anxiety-related illnesses.

Whilst sounding slightly odd at first, the term 'cognitive hygiene' (pdf) is one of the latest ideas to support better mental health. It's not an exact science.

It's focussed on gaining a better understanding of the experience of people with mental illness, ADHD and Autism - and their interactions with the police and criminal justice service in Northamptonshire. Life can be hard and complex and we all seek answers to these issues.

However, 69% of respondents experienced a negative or no response when they had discussed it with them. Awareness campaigns help to make it more okay to say that you are not okay.

But fret no more - some good shows out there have managed to portray mental health, and people who deal with these imbalances, in the right light.

Other employment challenges include: gaps in work history, limited employment experience, lack of confidence, fear and anxiety, workplace discrimination and inflexibility, social stigma, and the rigidity of existing income support/benefit programs.

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