Opening up about mental health
There’s been a noticeable rise in the use of the term ‘mental health’ in recent years, both within the workplace, and in everyday life. Mental health is not a new concept – it’s as common as physical health, it’s a part of who we are, and every single one of us has it. So why has it taken us so long to talk openly about our mental health?
Mental health has always been much more of a taboo subject than physical health but over the past decade there has been a growth in awareness, positive media coverage, discussion, and research around the topic of mental wellbeing.
We’re more aware of our own mental wellbeing, and of those around us, than ever before and as a result stigma around the topic has significantly reduced. Attitudes towards mental ill health are continuing to change for the better, but there’s still a way to go before talking about mental health issues becomes as commonplace as talking about physical health issues.
Mental wellbeing at Node4
According to Opinium’s Workplace Mental Wellbeing report, more than half of UK employees state they have struggled with their mental wellbeing. 80% of those who have struggled say it impacts their work, and 67% have never told an employer due to embarrassment, concern about it jeopardising their career, or thinking their employer wouldn’t understand or support them.
Here at Node4 we’re committed to looking after our employee’s mental wellbeing and destigmatising mental ill health. We offer a huge range of wellbeing initiatives from 24/7/365 counselling services, to qualified mental health first aiders. We even have a wellbeing centre focused on mind, finance, fitness and nutrition, including discounted gym memberships, and a cycle to work scheme.
In addition to our existing wellbeing initiatives within Node4, we are taking steps towards signing the Time to Change Employer Pledge, a commitment to changing the way we all think and act about mental health in the workplace.
Are you struggling with your mental health, or worried about someone who is? There are a ton of handy, free resources including:
- The Samaritans – a free helpline, open 24/7. You can call them on 116 123.
- Mind.org.uk – a mental health charity who can help you make choices about treatment, understand your rights or reach out to sources of support.
- Hub of Hope – a free app designed by Chasing the Stigma which brings together organisations and charities, large and small, from across the country who offer mental health advice and support, together in one place.