This week saw the publication of the Thriving at Work Report in the United Kingdom.
The report reveals the extent of the human cost of poor mental health at work and the impacts on society, the economy and the government.
It also provides a set of six core standards for employers to adopt and implement to support mental health in the workplace. These standards include imperatives to
- Build mental health awareness by making information and support accessible
- Encourage open conversations
- Provide good working conditions and ensure employees have a healthy work-life balance
- Promote effective people management, with line managers holding regular conversations about health and well-being with their staff
- Routinely monitor employee mental health
A similar report in an Irish context would be interesting as the same issues ravage Irish workers on a daily basis across both public and private sectors.
A recent survey by UK mental health group MIND highlights issues for men with respect to their mental health & their place of work.
It also seems to show that women are better at taking time off and managing mental health concerns at work.
While gender may be a variable, workplace dynamics can be an area of concern for the mental health of all employees, with a variety of issues presenting serious challenges.
Counselling/Psychotherapy is one of a number of evidence based interventions that can help people with relationship issues, anxiety, depression & associated stress linked to work related concerns.
Feel free to make contact for any more information or advice.
Burnout is something many clients visit a counsellor for – often describing it in relation to work and family commitments.
Of course there can be more to it than that and as this article from the Irish Times articulates, an exact definition is elusive.
Here is another relevant article on the issue.
Our brief mental health checkup is a simple way to provide a structured reflective space to examine how you may be feeling in terms of your mental health overall.
Over the past seven years my community based work as a therapist and in advocacy roles has put me face to face with the harsh effects of economic recession.
I have worked with many individuals & families experiencing first hand the effects of sudden homelessness, unexpected unemployment and serious accommodation issues to name but a few.
These experiences have repeatedly brought home to me how economic recession and the “boom bust” nature of the business cycle has serious implications for the nations mental health.
As we experience a new part of this cycle, it is worth pausing to think about whether our current approach to areas like health, housing and employment has evolved at all in light of recent experiences.
This becomes more urgent when considering impending changes to global corporate tax policy, Brexit and our growing/ageing population are all likely to figure in the next phase of this cycle.
This article highlights results of research led by Trinity College Dublin (based on the Growing Up in Ireland study) and puts some data and context behind the discussion.
Many of them may seem simple but important things like sleep & exercise are often dismissed or trivialized. A mental health article to kick start 2017 from the Irish Times
(based on work by American psychiatrist and Professor at Harvard Medical School, Robert Waldinger)