A fresh approach to mental health

Viewpoint

10 January 2020

We all have mental health just like we all have physical health, and like physical health our mental health can change.  The challenge for organisations is how best to manage, prevent and support these complex journeys.

Cultivating good mental health makes business sense

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We’re at a critical moment in the nation’s mental health. Recent HSE statistics revealed in Great Britain work-related stress, depression or anxiety accounted for 44% of work-related ill health in 2018/19.⁴ Other analysis shows:

  • 70million work days are lost each year due to mental health problems in the UK¹
  • £33bn-£42bn cost of poor mental health in the workplace²
  • 300,000 people with a long term mental health problem lose their jobs each year² 

It’s time to take a fresh look at mental health and join forward thinking organisations seeking to support the full mental health journey from:

  • Early education and awareness
  • Mild symptoms and warning signs
  • Worsening symptoms or recurring/relapsed episodes.
  • Persistent and severe episodes, a risk to self or others

Organisations’ wellbeing programmes and benefits should seek to address and support all contributing factors, whilst consider how individuals function and the support available to them, when they’re healthy, at risk, unwell and on the mend. 

Building a culture

How can businesses achieve goals around growth, creativity and innovation whilst break down barriers to create a culture where it’s normal to talk mental health?

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Employers efforts increasingly will centre on joining the sum of the parts (communications, resources, policies, training and the like) to offer both a preventive and supportive culture that addresses whole health. 

Awareness and spotting the symptoms early

Raising awareness and developing coping mechanisms is a really positive approach for your workforce. It helps build resilience, reduces movement through the stages of mental health, and helps establish a culture where support is actively sought and offered. 

We’ll consult on what’s right for your business, whether that’s onsite training for employees and line managers, advice around communications, mental health first aid  training, mental health champions, or addressing some of the other contributing factors such as nutrition, sleep and presenteeism. 

First and foremost, it’s about your employees and managers, helping them learn how to recognise, talk and act around mental health.

Helping you look after your employees’ mental wellbeing

“At any one time, many employees will be thriving, but with frequent movement between thriving, struggling and those who are ill/off work” The Thriving at Work Report. Bringing together tailored in-house mental health support, signposting to clinical help, the right triage at the right time, timely relevant digital support, and accessed and utilised Occupational Health or Employee Assistance Programmes can all make a big difference. 

Absences due to mental health conditions, such as stress, depression and anxiety, are on the rise3. We’re here to help you deliver a set of services that complement your business objectives. 

Mental health treatment when it’s needed

We’re absolutely committed to supporting the mental health of your workforce and providing treatment when it’s needed. That’s why our corporate health cover includes mental health cover as standard. 

Our Stronger Minds pathway makes treatment more accessible too. There’s no need to see a GP – the moment an employee feels the onset of a mental health condition, they can call a trained mental health expert who will assess them and triage, so they get the help they need more quickly.

And as our healthcare teams offer such a comprehensive range of services, we can offer your people a broader range of support. For example, our Occupational Health clinicians can manage cases involving multiple conditions at the same time. 

Supporting your business in a crisis

Whether it’s theft or a human disaster, it’s often the human element that has the biggest impact on a good outcome, no matter how solid your business continuity planning. It’s at these times that communication and compassion are critical for your employees. So we’ll help you plan, prepare, react and care when your employees need you most. 

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Supporting mental health in the workplace

Together lets successfully integrate mental health into your wellness strategy.

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Employee Wellbeing Programmes

From expert workshops and assessments to health coaching, we’ll make it easy for you to support your employees on their journey to healthy habits. 

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We're devoted to delivering better health, better service and better care at every stage of your employees' treatment. 

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Employee Assistance Programme

When your employees need support with their mental health, we’ll be on hand to intervene early.

1 Thriving at work, 2017

2 The case for investment, Deloitte, Oct 2017

3 Health and Wellbeing at Work 2018

4 Health and Safety Executive (2019). Work-related stress, anxiety or depression statistics in Great Britain, 2019: http://www.hse.gov.uk/statistics/causdis/stress.pdf