Mental Health & Wellbeing: Workplace, Home and Beyond – WHY should I care?

This blog is a contribution to Rachel Hodgson’s (HR Consultant) ‘Mental Health and Wellbeing‘ series which documents the reality of mental health conditions and how we should ALL be focusing on prevention to provide a lasting change:

Mental Health WellbeingIntroducing Mental Health and Wellbeing

This blog aims to introduce Mental Health for the workplace, at home and beyond and focuses attention on the WHY. This is not aimed at Business Leaders it is aimed at everyone because we ALL have the power and influence to change. Mental Health is a state of wellbeing in which every individual realises his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to his or her community.

Source: World Health Organization, 2004

The Why

We live in an age where mental health problems touch many lives. Headlines reveal the public’s concern about mental health, highlighted by personal testimonies and, sadly, sometimes tragedies. Sometimes, it seems that there are no answers to a system unable to cope with the growing call on mental health services. The United Kingdom is not alone: the World Health Organisation predicts that if we continue as we are, by 2030, mental health problems will be the greatest health burden on humanity.

Source: Mental Health Foundation – A New Way Forward, 2017

The Statistics

  • Mental health problems cost the UK economy an estimated £70–100 billion each year.
  • Public spending is focused almost entirely on coping with crisis and is lacking significant investment in prevention.
  • 70 million days are lost from work each year because of mental ill health.
  • Only one in four people with a mental health problem receive services and, when they do, there is usually a long wait for therapy.
  • Mental health problems can affect anyone and any family. One in four of us experience them to some degree in any year. However, they are not equally distributed throughout society and prevalence varies. Higher prevalence is associated with poor physical health, socioeconomic disadvantage, and with other experiences such as trauma or discrimination.
  • 75% of mental health problems are established by age 24, and 50% by age 14. One in 10 of school-age children have a clinically diagnosable mental health problem, including depression, anxiety or psychosis.
  • Women are 75% more likely than men to report depression and 60% more likely to report anxiety.
  • Suicide is the largest cause of death for men aged 20-49 years. Men are two and a half times more likely to report substance misuse problems.
  • People with learning disabilities have six times the risk of mental health problems.
  • Up to 1 in 7 men who become unemployed are likely to develop depressive ill health within 6 months.

Source: Mental Health Foundation – A New Way Forward, 2017

The Call to Action

WHY should you care? At work, at home and beyond.

  • Look at your employee engagement statistics. What is it telling you about your WHY?
  • Look at the statistics reported above and how might they impact you at work, at home and beyond.
  • Analyse the present situation in relation to wellbeing and look towards the future.

He who has a why to live for can bear almost any how. Friedrich Nietzsche

To find out more please go to The Mental Health Foundation the UK’s charity for everyone’s mental health.

Source: Mental Health Foundation – A New Way Forward, 2017 (read more)

Mental Health Awareness Week 2017 | 8-14 May 2017

8-14 May 2017 Theme – ‘surviving or thriving’

Mental Health Awareness week is coming up in May so a potential opportunity to introduce a wellbeing program of work for those wanting to use this as a springboard. The theme is ‘surviving or thriving’ which aims to outline practical steps we can take to build a mentally healthy country and help prompt a national conversation about what we can do as communities, schools, families and individuals to move from surviving to thriving. Click here for more information.

Rachel Hodgson

Written by , HR Consultant

Rachel’s background is in corporate HR in the permanent and contractor market supporting as an HR Business Partner in different industries and cultures predominately during rapid growth and transformation. Her experience working with a diverse workforce has enabled her to successfully support the business as an HRBP and as a subject matter expert at both individual contributor and people manager level. Most recently Rachel has taken time out to focus on Health and Wellness for personal development and to help others. This is an area of great interest and with the increase in focus on creating awareness of mental health issues she has built her knowledge to give her the ability to provide tangible advice. Advice on the benefits of good nutrition and regular exercise as well as practical methods to cope with stress. By sharing her own experience of her fitness transformation within her challenge groups the benefit to others has been more impactful and authentic. Rachel’s professional purpose is to work with organisations that are forward thinking and embraces a people agenda in-line with the business objective. She works hard to ensure that her role is valued and worthy of the effort that she puts in and contributes to the overall success of the organisation. By combining her interest in Health & Wellness with her HR experience her goal is to raise awareness of the current Mental Health challenges in the UK by providing practical thought provoking documentary on this subject matter.

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