One of the biggest responsibilities as an employer is your duty of care to the welfare of your employees. This not only means pre-existing conditions but also doing everything you can to prevent new ones. In recent years, there has been a recognition of mental as well as physical health and both are now included in the Equality Act 2010 to prevent discrimination on either ground.
Mental wellbeing has a major impact on businesses. Mental health issues accounts for nearly a quarter of all illness and sick leave in the workplace. Certainly common mental health issues, such as stress, anxiety and depression are increasing and research suggests that 1 in 3 people are likely to experience issues at some point in their lives. The causes can be work related due to pressure from increased workloads, bullying, or a role change for example or due to pressures in people’s personal lives both of which can impact on their ability to function effectively at work. Some experience long-term constant anxiety or repeat episodes of depression which become triggered by stressful situations and which could be classed as a disability. It is, therefore, not only a legal requirement but in a business’s interests to provide mental health support for their employees. Taking care of your employees helps to create a positive work environment which impacts on workforce happiness and productivity, and reduces absenteeism and staff turnover. Ultimately, a mentally healthy workforce affects business outcomes and bottom line.
There are a number of national Employee Assistance Programmes (EAPs) that provide a comprehensive mental health support service to companies. My services are aimed at SMEs and any organisations who do not currently have this provision. As a practising therapist, I work with mental health issues on a daily basis and have feedback from my clients as to what they have found helpful and beneficial. I find that by offering some psycho-education so that people understand what is happening with their changed mental status helps to remove the fear and stigma and the therapeutic approach I adopt helps them to consider all aspects of their lives which could be having a negative impact. It empowers them to identify and make appropriate changes for themselves.
Based on my knowledge, skills and experience, I offer two services:
- counselling for your employees, financed either privately by them or by your company as a benefit
- Mental Health Workshops for up to 8 people