Finding the courage to seek support for our mental health is one of the most empowering, yet challenging, things we can do. This Mental Health Awareness Week (9th – 15th May), we are encouraging people to share their help-seeking experiences with our I Get Help campaign. Through this, we hope to create a culture where everyone can share openly and encourage others to get support.
The pandemic saw the number of people in the UK facing mental health issues increase sharply. A recent report stated that two in three adults (65%,) said their mental health worsened during the first lockdown. The financial impact of poor mental health on businesses reflects these figures, reporting a record high of £53-£56 billion. However, over half (52%) of employees felt unsupported by their employer when it came to mental health. We can also assume that these numbers are unlikely to reflect the full situation.1
Opening up about our mental health takes courage. Not everyone feels able to do this, as has clearly been reflected in recent findings. For example, 60% of people with a mental health problem waited over a year to tell the people closest to them about it.2 The sooner people reach out for support, the better. We also know that the support a business provides its employees can heavily influence how early on they will reach out for help.
Dr. Anna Naumenko, Business Psychologist at Thrive said:
‘Recent research we conducted amongst those in full-time employment found that a third of all employees feel that their managers almost never encourage conversations about mental health.3 Having management initiate wellbeing conversations is a crucial step to show employees they will be supported and able to discuss mental health openly at work. Sadly, mental health still remains a subject that people do not know how to approach. “Is it OK to ask? Will it feel like an intrusion? Can these issues be discussed between a manager and employee at all? Doubts like these can lead to managers acting “professional” – even if and when they do notice the signs.
Mental health can be normalised by openly discussing our experiences and inspiring others to do the same. Mental Health Awareness Week creates an opportunity to acknowledge and discuss how you truly feel. This will empower not only yourself but those around you to talk about mental health.
Throughout MHAW (9th – 15th May), we will be sharing stories of people seeking help and encouraging others to do the same with the hashtag #IGetHelp. Our partners have also received their toolkit to promote this message within the workplace!
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Twitter – @ThriveAppsUK
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