Hundreds of millions of people across the world are regularly affected by common mental disorders such as depression and anxiety. In fact, ‘approximately 1 in 4 people in the UK will experience a mental health problem each year’, whilst ‘1 in 6.8 people experience mental health problems in the workplace’.
Those are some staggering stats, right?
Nonetheless, because there has been such a build-up of negative stigma surrounding mental health issues instilled in people’s minds over the years, ‘only 13% of employees would be comfortable talking about mental illness at work’; whilst ‘95% of employees calling in sick with stress give a different reason’. This is a real reflection of how mental health related issues are viewed both in peoples personal and professional lives.
Over time, though, mental health issues are becoming more widely understood, and people are now more aware of the impact that they have on society. Most people regularly manage, or are associated with, mental health problems; whether that be in relation to their own personal experiences, a family member, friends or maybe even a colleague. Subsequently, as people start to feel more sympathetically about mental health related issues, these negative perspectives are changing significantly.
So, as today is World Mental Health Day, we thought it would be the perfect time to highlight the work that Ramco are doing to support mental health within the workplace. As highlighted above, there is obviously a significant correlation between mental health and the world of work. Not only can our experiences at work have a significant impact on our mental wellbeing, but, similarly, the stresses of day to day life can also influence our productivity and professional abilities. In fact, long-term sickness absence is often the result of poor mental health.
It is therefore imperative for us that all team members feel comfortable enough to openly talk their personal experiences in relation to mental health issues. We must ultimately ensure that our staff are able to receive the help and support they need to recover, which is why Adrian, our Head of Operations, opted to attend a Mental Health First Aid Course in August. The two-day course enabled Adrian to learn about mental health issues, their relevance within the working environment and ultimately receive the training required to be able to successfully manage mental health problems within the workplace. Now a Mental Health First Aider, Adrian is our go-to-guy for any sufferers of mental health related issues within the business; and is there to chat to, comfort and arrange any further support if required.
Speaking of the course, mental health in general and its importance to the business, Adrian said ‘Mental Health is a serious, significant and prevalent social issue. It is paramount that we understand the affect it can have on our members of staff and the wider business too. We really value the mental health of our team here at Ramco so it was great to be able to attend such an interesting and eye-opening course that has enabled me be readily equipped to support the wellbeing of staff members if required.’
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