We all have mental health, and our mental health needs to be looked after just as much as we look after our physical health and wellbeing.

Mental health issues can affect anyone at any time of the year, but today, to coincide with World Mental Health Day, we’re talking about mental wellbeing and where employers can help.

Mental wellbeing is something we simply cannot ignore.  It’s a topic which has, and continues to be openly discussed by high profile celebrities.  It continues to receive support from Government, with the Prime Minister today appointing a suicide prevention minister as one of their continuing initiatives.  And, UK organisations are increasingly supporting mental wellbeing in the workplace.

We have been firm advocates of wellbeing in the workplace for a number of years, supporting not only mental wellbeing, but physical and financial wellbeing also – we understand, and it’s been well documented, that all of these areas are closely linked.

Research[1] we recently conducted seems to support this, highlighting that more than half of HR Managers asked would define wellbeing in the workplace as focusing on mental wellbeing.  Almost 60% of respondents stated that wellbeing benefits are offered to support employee mental wellbeing, with financial education being offered to help support and reduce employee stress levels (42%).

How far an organisation chooses to take their wellbeing initiatives and employee support is of course up to them, but as there is increasingly more support and awareness of wellbeing in the workplace, employers should be doing something.

Awareness days, such as World Mental Health Day, Stress Awareness Week, and Financial Capability Week are all good excuses to raise awareness of employee wellbeing, promoting the employee benefits you have in place to support these events, such as an employee assistance programme (EAP), healthy living sessions, financial education pieces to name a few.

When it comes to mental wellbeing, support in spotting the signs of mental ill health and Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Courses are something a number of employers are now investing in – and something we believe in too.

In fact across the next few weeks, we have a number of wellbeing events taking place, including our next MHFA course on the 12th & 19th October.

You can also join one of our HR events, with a focus on the different areas of wellbeing, including mental and financial wellbeing.  You can sign up for any of these here: https://www.second-sight.com/hr-events/

[1] Secondsight research conducted with 500 senior HR professionals, in companies ranging in size between 50 and 5,000 employees.  The full research paper and statistics will be released soon.
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