“Mental Health Is The Main Cause Of Sick Days For NHS Staff”
It’s a pretty damning statement about how much of an effect your mental health can have not only on your personal life, but your work life. In aid of Time To Talk Day, we want to raise awareness of mental health in the workplace, particularly among NHS staff and encourage more people to talk and be more open with how they are feeling.
We spoke to a staff member who works within the NHS about some of the pressures staff face and how we all can be more open surrounding mental health.
How does stress appear?
“As pressures continue to mount on public sector workers, the cracks are beginning to show. Behind the mask of composure some of us are struggling. A stressful working environment is often coupled with difficult home circumstances; financial pressures, family worries.
Time slips away and we are not given the opportunity to reflect. Employers and teams often lack insight into the human cost that workplace stress can have.”
How can we challenge the stigma?
“It all starts with talking and raising awareness both in the workplace and at home. We need a society that says yes to mental health, only then can we eliminate the stigma that prevents people from stepping forward to get the help they deserve”
“The NHS loses 348,028 working days due to anxiety, stress and depression in just one month”
Tips to improve your mental health
Connect With Others – One of the biggest stigmas surrounding mental health is the fear of talking about it out of fear you’ll be judged. That isn’t going to happen. Whether it’s family, friends or work colleagues, connecting with others and being more open is a great first step.
Be In The Present – Take the time to be aware of yourself and take notice of your current thoughts and feelings. Sometimes being more mindful can help improve your perspective.
Get Good Sleep – With lots on your mind, it can be hard to get a good night’s sleep, particularly if you’re working long shifts. But trying to ensure you’re well rested is essential. It helps form part of a healthier lifestyle and gets you that rest you deserve.
Do Something For Yourself – Whether it’s time at home or doing something you’ve always wanted to do outside of work like learn a new skill, looking after yourself is just as important. Finding the time can be hard but once you have that work/life balance, you’ll realise how far you’ve come and how much better you can feel.
What do you do to help unwind and relax, or to take your mind off work, even just for an hour?
If you are in need of anyone to talk to, you can speak directly with your GP to talk through advice, or if you just want an ear to lend, the team at mind are always available, even if you’ve had a stressful day and just need to talk.
Mind – www.mind.org.uk or Call: 0300 123 3393