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Tackling Mental Health in the Workplace

Tackling Mental Health in the Workplace
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Tackling Mental Health in the Workplace
Siobhan Stirling - Sharp Minds Communications by Siobhan Stirling - Sharp Minds Communications
Owner/Director - Sharp Minds Communications Ltd

It’s impossible to ignore the growing social and political pressure to address mental health in all walks of life, including at work.  With one in four people experiencing some form of mental health problem each year, all businesses need to understand their role in creating an environment which positively supports the mental health of their staff.  That’s why we’ve invited Suffolk Mind to talk to staff and customers at our Waterhouse Business Centre in Chelmsford.

Providing a better work environment

People thrive when working in organisations that invest in creating a culture that is good for mental health. Therefore, at Capital Space, we are working to make our work environment one which allows people’s emotional needs to be met. Jon Neal, the Chief Executive of Suffolk Mind, told us: “We’re trying to raise awareness and skills levels among the entire population to enable people to look after themselves and the people around them.

“Having someone in our life that we can count on and be ourselves around can help us to feel connected to a wider community that values our contribution.  By getting our emotional needs met, we can hopefully prevent a lot of mental health conditions from arising in the first place.”

Why we want to get involved

At Capital Space we are working to provide education to our employees and customers to help understand mental health. Commenting on why the company is hosting the seminar for staff and customers, Peter Boam, the managing director of Capital Space, told us: “Mental health is a hugely important subject, which most people have very little knowledge of. We want to raise general awareness in the business community that mental health is not a given – it varies from person to person, from day to day. It's in everyone's interests to know more about it."

Encouraging good mental health within the workplace

Mental health is never far from the headlines these says, but what can business owners do to create a positive environment for their teams? “We can avoid becoming unwell by ensuring we get key physical and emotional needs met in healthy ways,” explains Jon Neal.  “This means getting a good night’s sleep, some exercise and eating a healthy diet.

“But it also means feeling safe and secure at home and work, having some control and autonomy over our lives, feeling connected to a wider community that values our contribution.  It means giving and receiving attention, being stretched and taking on new challenges, however small they might be. We need to have privacy or time to ourselves to relax and allow our brains to rest. And finally, it means feeling that we have some meaning and purpose in our lives, that we’re heading towards a greater goal of some sort.”

The mental health workshop is taking place on 29 January at our Waterhouse Business Centre in Chelmsford.  Limited spaces are available for customers.  If you would like to attend, please contact the Waterhouse Business Centre manager, Sharon Dodson, via email sharon.dodson@capitalspace.co.uk or call her on 01245 392000.

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