On the 19th June 2018 we were thrilled to host ‘Mental Health Matters’ at our Blackburn based Head Quarters.
The workshop, delivered by Dr Gary Sidley PhD, psychologist, freelance writer and trainer, explored the causes of mental health challenges, offered a better understanding on how to promote and maintain mental wellbeing in the workplace and gave guidance on raising awareness amongst peers, colleagues and family members.
Our Director Jack Mellor kicked off the event by welcoming all attendees and discussing the reasons why we decided to organise such an event for the public.
In a report undertaken last year, Thriving at work, which was the result of an independent review commissioned by the Prime Minister revealed poor mental health is the main cause of absenteeism and lost productivity in the workplace, costing more than £30 billion per year. Despite the evidence and statistics, many businesses are still in the dark about the impact of mental health and the effects it can have on both employees and those coming into contact with a business.
Managing Director Michelle Mellor said; “Safeguarding society is at the heart of everything we do here at Personnel Checks and we are fully committed to our workforce who are pivotal to our success. We want to support them by ensuring we have the very best awareness of workplace wellbeing and can spot the signs to be able to support our colleagues, family members, friends and vulnerable people within our society.
We have a duty of care to look after the health and wellbeing of all our employees both physically and psychologically and as a business, we think it is key to become even more resilient with happy and engaged staff.”
We were delighted to welcome guests from a range of industries including local schools and national communication businesses, all wanting to improve their knowledge and awareness of mental wellbeing in the workplace.
Some key things we learnt from the event…
- Don’t ask “What’s wrong with you?”. Instead, ask “what happened to you”?
- Nobody is immune from mental health problems.
- Everybody has a role to play when it comes to tackling mental health challenges.
- When faced with a mental health challenge, one might ask “What should I do?”. Nobody has all the answers. Be a friend, be there, listen.
- We spend a lot of time reflecting on the past or worrying about the future. Allow yourself to be in the present. Be in the here and now. This is the concept of mindfulness.
- Avoid ‘mindless’ activities like spending too much time on your phone.
Lee Beveridge, from North Lancashire Training Group, found the event extremely beneficial: “The little things we do have the biggest impact. We have a responsibility to listen, be real/human and essentially care! As a tutor, it was good to be told we don't always have the answers but have a responsibility to be aware of mental wellbeing. Dr Sidley provided really useful tips in ensuring we're mindful of others and their individual circumstances.”
We all have times when life gets on top of us – sometimes that’s work-related matters such as deadlines or travel and sometimes it’s something else like our health or our circumstances.
Personnel Checks believe in a workplace where everyone can thrive. We also believe in the role of employers, employees and businesses in creating these workplaces. Good mental health at work and good management go hand in hand.
We will not hide from or brush aside mental health issues.
See our Mental Health Matters graphic.
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