Mental Health awareness week 2020

Coping with mental health by connecting online

This year’s theme for Mental Health Awareness week is kindness, with the week running from 18 – 24 May.

Research from the Mental Health Foundation has found that 72 percent of workers believe that we should become kinder as a society following the Coronavirus pandemic.

Chief Executive of the Mental Health Foundation Mark Rowland said:

“We have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to re-imagine a kinder society – one that protects all our mental health and especially that of the most vulnerable.”

Since many people are now working remotely or in isolation, small acts of kindness are now more important than ever.

Almost two-thirds (63 percent) of UK adults say that when people are kind to them, it has a positive impact on their mental health. What is more, the same amount of UK adults (63 percent) say that being kind to others has a positive impact on their mental health.

Impact of working from home

woman working from homeNow is time for mental health to be prioritised on the business agenda. Working from home can be an isolating and lonely experience. This can put a significant strain on the mental wellbeing of staff. Business leaders and managers play a pivotal role in providing support to their employees – and if necessary, source any help if needed.

However, this can be tough to accomplish when employees are working remotely.  It is difficult to identify those workers who are vulnerable and in most need of mental wellbeing support.  Also, not all individuals are so forthcoming with any problems that they may have.

 

Coping by connecting online

Based on a recent survey of over 10,000 people, one of the most common coping strategies that many of us are using during these times is connecting with friends and family online.

MindCheck is the online survey tool that enables employers to monitor ‘back to work’ mental health issues remotely, to improve individual and company wellbeing. It helps to identify vulnerable team members and enable them to be supported appropriately.

 

The tool plays a vital role in facilitating communication between employers and employees, particularly during these times.

What is more, the survey removes any stigma around workers asking for help specifically.

Using a series of non-intrusive questions designed by mental health professionals, Stanley MindCheck can quickly recognise employees who are suffering from anxiety, stress, or other mental health concerns which allows for a quick, direct confidential response.

Insights are processed using powerful algorithms and delivered to the management team in the strictest of confidence via an online dashboard. Support at-risk employees appropriately, in a discreet and empathetic manner.

The Mental Health Foundation organises and hosts Mental Health Awareness Week every year. The week runs from 18th to 24th May and is now in its 20th year.

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