Today (10th October 2019) is World Mental Health Day and this year’s theme, as set by the World Federation for Mental Health, is suicide prevention.

In 2018, there were over 6,500 suicides in the UK, an increase of more than 11%, compared to 2017[1]. It is recognised that suicide is complex and is rarely caused by one thing, although people with a diagnosed mental health problem have been found to be at a higher risk of suicidal thoughts and behaviour.[2]

Promoting positive mental health in the workplace

As we celebrate World Mental Health Day, we focus on  mental wellbeing in the workplace.  After all our workplace is a major part of our lives.

More and more employers are placing workplace wellbeing at the core of their business, and mental wellbeing is no exception.  Employers are investing in raising awareness and creating initiatives to help manage their wellbeing, and mental wellbeing strategies.  Of course these strategies will vary by organisation, but what we are seeing, is that employers are working towards similar common goals, resulting in:

  • the promotion of good mental health and de-stigmatising mental health problems;
  • fostering a culture where seeking help is encouraged;
  • offering support via an Employee Assistance Programme, or other resources;
  • reducing stress levels in the workplace; and
  • educating and provides training to managers and key staff in mental health issues.

If you are implementing a wellbeing strategy for the first time, or looking at ways to improve your offering, we can help.

To support your employees and equip your HR department, line managers  and key staff, a Mental Health First Aid course may be a good place to start.  Our next two day course is being held on the 29th November and 2nd December.  Learn more about the course and secure your place by clicking here.

In addition, this year we are delighted to support This Can Happen, an organisation committed to improving the wellbeing of working professionals in the UK. This year’s conference, on the 25th November will address the issues surrounding mental health in the workplace, that will provide new ideas and practical tips to employers. To learn more about the event and book your place, click here.

 

[1] https://www.samaritans.org/documents/402/SamaritansSuicideStatsReport_2019_AcMhRyF.pdf
[2] https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/a-to-z/s/suicide

Information correct as at 9th October 2019.

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