It’s Mental Health Awareness week (13-19 May); placing the spotlight firmly upon our national mental wellbeing.
The government’s ‘Thriving at Work report’ into mental health estimated the cost of poor mental health to UK business stands at between £33 billion and £42 billion a year. Its report also found that 300,000 people with a long-term mental health problem lose their each year.
A recent survey identified the recruitment sector as the most stressful working environment with around 82% of consultants claiming to be stressed whilst at work. And 60% of UK chief executives said that mental health is the area of employee wellbeing they are most concerned about.
Heavy workloads, long hours that threaten work/life balance and pressure to meet targets are among the key triggers for stress within the recruitment industry. Against this backdrop, some recruiters ‘burnout’ and leave the sector altogether.
When it comes to employees’ mental health, it can be difficult to know where to start. We’ve partnered with Punter Southall Health & Protection to create a free guide for members with practical ways you can support mental health in the workplace. Download your copy here.
In addition, you might be interested to hear about Havensrock Thrive – a mental health app that focuses on preventing, screening and managing common mental health conditions such as stress, anxiety and mild-depression. The app uses clinically-proven methods to help employees manage their mental health. But if intervention is required, users can speak in confidence to a dedicated mental health nurse at RedArc. Combining tech with the personal touch and getting employees the help they need, when they really need it. And at £2 a month per employee, it’s a cost-effective tool.
If you would like to find out more about mental health in the workplace and how you can develop a strategy for your business, contact Katy Lyles at email@example.com or on 01274 588862.