Mental health problems cost employers in the UK £30 billion a year through lost production, recruitment and absence – so why aren’t we doing more about it?
The answer is straightforward. Despite the fact that it is very common – one in four of us will suffer mental health problems during our lives – we find it very difficult to talk about.
It often seems too personal, too deep and too complex. You might feel very happy to tell a colleague about a physical injury you’ve sustained, but when it comes to your mental health, where do you start?
If you can’t talk about it, it may prove equally difficult to listen.
Not listening could prove very costly – to the individual and to your business. The Centre for Mental Health charity estimate that employers should be able to cut the cost of mental health – in lost production and replacing staff – by about a third by improving their management of mental health at work.
Acas has teamed up with the NHS’s Mindful Employer initiative, a leading authority on managing mental health at work, to develop a training package and the Advisory booklet – Promoting positive mental health at work [1Mb] designed to help employers to:
- Tackle the stigma around mental health – Mental health rarely conforms to stereotypes. For example, you can be diagnosed with a mental health condition, such as bipolar disorder, but have a very positive state of mental health
- Focus on the practical things you can do to help – Some of the factors that influence an individual’s mental health, like childhood experiences or family relationships, are out of your control. But you can help by monitoring workloads, employee involvement, the physical environment and the nature of relationships at work
- Develop solutions by listening – Sometimes all you need to do is help employees to help themselves. An employee may already have coping strategies or medical advice that they can follow, but showing empathy always helps.
AND THEN THERE’S THE WALKER METHOD
I suggest we move the focus from mental health repair – to prevention by challenging people to think different. 100% of all mental health problems come from some form of distorted thinking that is advocated by a religious or moral crusade. Hence, those thought process can be deeply committed to and possibly the last thing someone with potential mental health issues wants to change. A depressed person, when invited to change their way of thinking will resist. After thousands of clients with some level of depression I understand how resistant a depressed individual can get to changing the very cause of their depression, there is always someone or something else to blame, and plenty of shrinks around to support that delusion.
When a human being separates from nature they create hell on earth because in that separation they can adopt any thought process they choose. Their ego runs wild and depression can be just one of a multitude of consequences. So, it’s my mission to prevent mental health issues before they happen by sharing how to connect to nature, feel the connection and then think like nature: in balance.
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