Mental Health at Work -
Posted: 14th Sep 2018
For many of us, work is a major part of our lives. It is where we spend much of our time, where we get our income and often where we make our friends. Having a fulfilling job can be good for your mental health and general well being. We all have times when life gets on top of us – sometimes that's work-related, like deadlines or travel. Sometimes it's something else – our health, our relationships, or our circumstances.
Recently, Prince Harry has opened up about his mental health. This is a really important decision for us all. Prince Harry admitted to years of attacks both of panic and rage, disclosing that his life was in "total chaos" for two years. The prince acknowledged that he had completely blocked his emotions for years, a policy that resulted in severe psychological effects. It is an inspiration to us all that the Royal Family has opened up and made mental health more aware.
The Duke of Cambridge launched ‘Mental Health at Work’, which is a new initiative from Heads Together and Mind aiming to change the way that we approach workplace mental health across the UK. Heads Together is a mental health campaign led by The Royal Foundation in partnership with YoungMinds and seven other charities. It aims to challenge mental health stigma and change how it is perceived.
A major study into workplace wellbeing by Mind has revealed that poor mental health at work is widespread, with 48% of people saying they have experienced a mental health problem in their current job. [Taken from https://www.headstogether.org.uk/2018/09/10/the-duke-of-cambridge-launches-mental-health-at-work/]
Mental health is something we all have. When we enjoy good mental health, we have a sense of purpose and direction, the energy to do the things we want to do, and the ability to deal with the challenges that happen in our lives. When we think about our physical health, there's a place for keeping ourselves fit, and a place for getting appropriate help as early as possible so we can get better. Mental health is just the same.
Awareness of mental health is increasing, but we still face a world where people with mental health problems face discrimination, and can face challenges getting the help they need. Many people who experience distress try to keep their feelings hidden because they are afraid of other people’s responses. So, since the Royal Family is making a stand, it’s an inspiration for us all to talk and open up about our mental health! Young Minds, one of the charities that Prince Harry works so closely with for the Heads Together campaign he set up along with his brother the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
Wherever you work and whatever industry you may work in, we all have mental health. Sometimes it’s good and sometimes it’s not. When it’s not, it’s important that we all feel able to talk about it at work.