10 October 2018
Today is World Mental Health Day. For a long time mental health, especially mental illness, has had a stigma attached to it. However, over the past few years, we’ve really started to open up about our holistic health and wellbeing, removing the taboo of mental health challenges.
Global days like this recognise the need to continue raising awareness and breaking down the barriers that people face when experiencing problems with their mental health.
I know that many businesses now employ therapists and counsellors to not only help their team in times of crisis, but to maintain their wellbeing too. At UKFast, we have a number of systems in place to support our team at these times.
Young people and mental health
Interestingly, the theme of Mental Health Day 2018 is Young People and Mental Health in a Changing World. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), half of all mental illnesses begins by the age of 14. These young people are the future of our world, yet they’re facing a huge amount of pressure from an increasingly connected world.
It’s up to us as parents and employers to help young people to develop mental resilience and to nurture good habits. Often these soft skills and behaviours are overlooked by employers. However, encouraging mental and physical wellbeing in the workplace and beyond makes perfect sense. Not only is it the right thing to do, if you want to look at the value to business, a healthy happy team also produces better results and is loyal to your business.
As an employer, I believe you’re at the head of an extended family and should support the team in the same way. It’s just as important to look after your own overall wellbeing too. Are you switching off and taking time out? Are you giving your mind the opportunity to rest?
Today is an opportunity to pause and recognise if you’re doing enough to look after your own mental health as well as that of those in your team.
Some time ago, I recorded this video about the ‘Heads Down Generation’ that is of particular relevance today: