Today marks World Mental Health Day and this year is an important milestone as it celebrates its 25th birthday. This year it’s all about mental health in the workplace.
The overall objective of World Mental Health Day is to raise awareness of mental health issues and mobilise efforts in support of better mental health.
With one in four adults set to experience mental illness at some point each year in the UK and mental health issues such as stress, depression and anxiety remaining one of the biggest causes of absence from work in our society, it’s more important than ever that promoting good mental health remains top of the agenda.
What are we doing?
As you know, mental health is one of our priorities this year and in February we teamed up with Buckinghamshire Mind to see what could be done in terms of improving Peer Support Services in the county.
You can read our report about Mental Health & Peer Support to find out what we discovered.
We know that because of our work Clinical Commissioning groups have committed to exploring with the voluntary sector and Oxford Health Foundation Trust how peer support could be further developed across the Buckinghamshire. We also know that holistic, patient-centred mental health service has seen an increased investment.
Daily tips for improving mental health at work
So what can you do every day to support your mental health? Have a read below of our daily tips.
- Take your lunch break – it’s not healthy to be tied your desk all day or not make time to eat something. We all need some time to gather our thoughts and prepare for the second half of the day. You could even make your lunch break a little bit more fun by meeting up with a friend or doing something active with your colleagues. At Healthwatch we sometimes do a ‘midday mile’ with our colleagues from Community Impact Bucks.
- Make friends with your colleagues – it might seem obvious but taking the time to get to know your colleagues can really improve workplace happiness, especially as we spend the majority of our week at work. Having people to talk to and rely on when things are stressful at work can be the difference between a good day and a bad day.
- Learn to organise and prioritise – work can sometimes get really busy and we’ve all had times when it seems as if the workload will never end. Learning to organise yourself and prioritise the important things is vital to remaining in control. This could be something as simple as checking your diary the night before work so you don’t get a shock in the morning, or planning out your week on a sticky note that stays on the screen.
- Understand the importance of work/life balance – Are you always last to leave the office or do you let your work spill into your personal time? Good mental health at work isn’t just confined to the workplace and making sure you have a life outside of work is just as important. Working too many hours might seem like a good idea at first but eventually, it will take its toll and the quality of your work will diminish.
- Find a job you like – the last tip isn’t always the most simple but doing a job you actually like means you won’t ever have a terrible case of the Sunday blues. It might still be hard to wake up on Monday morning but at least you’ll be going somewhere that you actually want to be. Whether it’s working in a bar, writing for your local paper or working as a senior partner in a law firm, there’s something out there for everyone and taking the time to find something you like will always be worth it in the long run.
Have you got any tips for improving mental health in the workplace? Let us know by commenting below.