With increased pressures in working life, it is no great surprise that Mental Health is now the number one reason for staff absence from the UK workplace. Latest figures suggest that mental health days currently account for 15.8 million days of absence each year. We all know that mental health encompasses a wide range of ailments – depression, anxiety and stress being the leading factors related to vocation and employment. But as symptoms become more widely recognized and stigmas begin to dissolve, advice and guidance has continued to improve also (if you need any resources please be in touch).
Often, a change working environment can serve as a boost to motivation and lead to rejuvenation of self-worth. Contracting can be a rewarding option, and can offer the freedom to change your life for the better. Who doesn’t want to choose when they work and what projects to get involved in? However the hectic lifestyle of meeting deadlines, finding that next project and going “above and beyond” to secure that next contract has the capability of affecting your mental wellbeing negatively.
We want you to know that we are always here to support you. At SH we’re very conscious of the benefits of self-care and mental wellness for our employees. Taking a proactive stance we qualified 2 of our senior managers as Mental Health First Aiders at the start of this year – we asked them for a few pointers about creating balance and maintaining a healthy mindset:
Today also marks the start of the annual monthly Talk To Us Campaign. This annual event highlights the amazing work that the Samaritans charity carry out on a daily basis, supporting people at times of need. Find out how we can help visit: https://www.samaritans.org/