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How businesses can support their staff’s wellbeing

We know that one in six workers experiences common mental health problems, such as anxiety and depression. Unfortunately, this is only set to worsen, as many of us are worried about the current situation around coronavirus and are likely to be working from home for longer periods of time. However, in the face of uncertainty, we are here to help, with expert mental health interventions and bespoke training for City organisations.

This Mental Health Awareness Week, we’re taking action against the rise in poor mental health among workers and encourage you to join our fight. Our expert consultancy service has been specially designed to further our vision that nobody should have to face a mental health problem alone.

Actions we can all take today

Help us fight for better mental health by doing one thing to better your own and your staff’s wellbeing. We’ve put together some of our favourite tips on how to support your wellbeing while working from home:

1. Maintain a positive work/life balance:

when working from home it’s easier to work longer hours and to take fewer breaks. Try setting a reminder in your diary for when you plan to finish working, and make sure to take at least a 30 minute lunch break. Going for a walk after work is a great way to unwind and separate the work day from the rest of your evening, think of it as your ‘journey’ home from the office.

2. Setting aside time to focus:

for many, working from home means using apps like Zoom, Teams and Slack. While these are great ways to communicate with your team, it can be a lot harder to find quiet time to concentrate when monitoring multiple platforms. Try temporarily muting notifications for an hour or so, so you can find time to focus on the larger tasks.

3. Get ready for the work day:

just as it’s important to unwind at the end of the day, finding a morning routine can help you get in the zone for work. For many of us this time might have been during our morning commute, and when working from home it can be tempting staying in bed until the last minute. Why not try a 5-10 minute mindfulness video on YouTube to ease you into the day?

Working with employers to improve mental health support long term

Our expert consultancy service has been specially designed to further our vision that nobody should have to face a mental health problem alone.

Mind CHWF’s experience as mental health experts enables us to effectively work with forward-thinking employers, across a range of sectors, who want to demonstrate their commitment to corporate social responsibility, reduce lost profitability, and create mentally healthy workplaces for their employees.

With mental ill health costing UK employers an estimated £42 billion each year, and more people than ever at work with a mental health problem, Mind in the City will not only save money for companies, but more crucially save lives and livelihoods.

 

We take a holistic and person-centred approach to mental health, reflected in the diversity of our employees and their expertise. We are able to offer guidance and support in developing networks for LGBTQI+ and BAME employees, as employers are expected to now more than ever to provide space and support to the different needs of their employees.

We want to make sure that help is available for those working in the City and experiencing poor mental health, especially as we adapt to new and uncertain ways of working. Our training and interventions are delivered with sensitivity, tact and diplomacy, and can be delivered online by our expert trainers, who give people the tools they need to live and work well.”

Further Mind CHWF resources and support

If you’re struggling with your mental health and wellbeing, you should always ask for help now. Mind has some helpful tips on taking the first steps.

For more information on the new Mind in the City service, please email Training@mindchwf.org.uk