Focusing on the mental health of your teams
According to the Mental Health Foundation 56% of adults have said that their mental health has deteriorated since March 2020, this is on top of the statistics pre-covid-19 highlighting that 60% of individuals will experience a mental health issue at some point during the year. It is clear that we are going to have to live with the impact of covid-19 for a significant period of time and this will have a substantial knock on effect on the mental health of society, with levels of anxiety, stress and depression expected to rise and those already living with mental health problems are facing extra challenges.
Mental health awareness and support is starting to improve within organisations, but there is still so much more to be done to break down the stigmas relating to mental health and to truly foster a culture that proactively supports those employees who are struggling with their mental wellbeing. Here are our thoughts around what your organisation should be considering as part of your broader approach to wellbeing:
A focus on supporting mental health and a culture of wellbeing can differentiate your organisation from others, however this must come from the top and be part of all strategies, policies, communications and the development of managers. Organisations that recognise having an employee first approach and show compassion to their teams through everything they do will lead to a more productive, more resilient, and motivated workforce.
Gemma Carter-Morris – Head of Wellbeing – Next Steps Outplacement
Gemma is a qualified wellbeing coach with over 15 years experience gained primarily within Higher Education. Gemma uses her coaching and wellbeing experience to support individuals through the outplacement process with a particular focus on them as an individual.