Here are some quick quiz questions that we spotted on the Time to Change website. See you if you can get them right:
- How many people in the UK will experience a mental health issue every year?
- What proportion of people with mental health issues believe that workplace stress contributed to their illness?
- What proportion of people with mental health issues experience stigma?
The answer to question 1 is a.) 1/4. A quarter of people in the UK experience mental health issues every year. That seems like a lot, but it shows just how common mental health issues, including stress and anxiety, really are.
This leads on to question 2. The answer is c.) 2/3; two-thirds of people believe that workplace stress has contributed to their illness. As a result, the problem is not something that can be feasibly ignored by employers on a long-term basis.
Finally, the answer to question 3 is a.) 90%. Perhaps most concerning of all, 9 out of 10 people with mental health issues reported being treated unfavourably because of it.
Considering how many people came forward and said they’ve experienced ill mental health, this is a lot of people.
So how can these figures be reversed?
One way is employers creating a workplace culture that enables employees to be able to discuss mental health in the same way they would with physical health, and putting measures in place that will reduce peoples’ stress and anxiety.
How can this be done? Through training and education.
BounceBack is a Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) England Instructor Member. We offer a two-day MHFA course that will help give both employees and managers:
- A deeper understanding of mental health and the factors that can affect people’s wellbeing, including your own
- Practical skills to spot the triggers and signs of mental health issues
- Confidence to step in, reassure and support a person in distress
- Enhanced interpersonal skills such as non-judgemental listening
- Knowledge to help someone recover their health by guiding them to appropriate support.
You can learn more about the MHFA course here.