The Mental Resilience Survey conducted by Westfield Health to mark Mental Health Awareness Week last week, showed that more than a third (38%) of UK employees believe their working environment is having a negative effect on their state of mind, while around 60% of those surveyed said that mental health issues affect their everyday lives.
Once a taboo subject, mental health is definitely gaining more attention thanks to the hard work or charitable organisations like CALM (the Campaign Against Living Miserably), education bodies like The Self-Esteem Team, and outspoken celebrities including Stephen Fry. All of which has been wonderful for removing any stigma that was once attached to depression, stress, anxiety and other mental health concerns.
The difficulty it seems, is translating that awareness and applying it in the workplace. A number of companies are already embracing work wellness schemes, ranging from exercise programs and cycle schemes to flexitime and incorporating mindfulness practices as part of the office culture, but, as with all of these things, a wider approach needs to be taken, and hopefully we are on the right path.
Public Health England recently launched its last One You initiative – thought to be the first public health campaign targeted specifically at the middle-aged – while ukactive called on a number of senior Conservatives to back policy changes that would offer tax incentives for workplace physical activity schemes, reported Spaopportunities.com. That’s all wonderfully reassuring and with any luck a sign that momentum is being gained and we are moving towards a universally happier, healthier working environment.
Still, 63% of those surveyed are also calling for employers and employees to share responsibility and to do more to manage mental resilience and mindfulness in the workplace.
What do you think? Does your workplace do enough to support mental health?
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