Understanding your Partners Depression.

Depression affects not only the person who is struggling, but everyone else the person interacts with as well. If you are the partner of a depressed person, you can easily wear yourself out, both physically and mentally, trying to make the situation and relationship better. Not only is that not healthy for you, but it is not healthy for the relationship.

• Remind yourself that depression is a chronic disease, just like heart disease or diabetes. Your partner cannot simply “get over it.” It can be tempting to blame your partner for their feelings or actions, but these are symptoms of the illness, not personal attacks on you as a partner.

• Men are less likely to be diagnosed as depressed, experts believe they just as vulnerable to the disease. Men tend to be in denial about their feelings more often than women, fearing that they will be seen as “weak” if they admit to being depressed.

• If your partner is not already receiving treatment for depression, encourage them to speak to there GP. It’s important to always be supportive of whatever treatment your partner wants to try. If they are reluctant, offer to make an appointment for them and/or accompany them to the first appointment.

• Especially during the early stages of treatment, your partner will need a supportive person to remind them of following through on their treatment plans, whether that’s taking their medication, going to therapy, or doing anything else they’ve been asked to do. Lack of energy, hopelessness, and forgetfulness are all symptoms of depression, which can make it hard to follow through with treatment. You may need to take the reins for a while until the treatment begins to work.

• For most people, improvement takes time. Medications often do not begin to make a difference until six weeks of consistent, appropriate dosing. With talk therapy, change takes time as well. Don’t give up before the treatment has a chance to work. Conversely, encourage your partner to continue taking their meds even though they are feeling better. Let the doctors and consultants decide when it’s time to start tapering the dosage.

• Spend time with your partner. It is definitely challenging to be around someone who is not feeling well, especially when you’ve got your own stuff to deal with. However, interaction with a loved one is very important for the depressed person. They are already feeling alone and unlovable: spending time with them reinforces the message that they are still valuable and important.

• Take any talk about suicide seriously. Men generally die at higher rates from suicide. In the UK Suicide is the most common cause of death for men ages 20 -49. If your partner is talking about suicide, take them to the nearest a@e department or call 999 for help and advice.

• As with any illness, self-care for yourself is important as well. As I said at the beginning, burning yourself out mentally and physically does no good for anyone. Depression is a long haul back to wellness, and you need to be able to go the distance.

Steven Connelly

Stigma and Discrimination Attached To Mental Health.

In my personal experiences of living with mental illness and opinion I believe the social stigma attached to mental ill health and the discrimination people experience on a daily basis can make their difficulties worse and make it harder to recover.

Mental illness is common. It affects thousands of people in the UK, and their friends, families, work colleagues and society and safety in general.

• One in four people will experience a mental health problem at some point in their lives.

• Around one in ten children experience mental health problems. 

• Depression affects around one in 12 of the whole population.

• Rates of self-harm in the UK are the highest in Europe at 400 per 100,000.

• 450 million people world-wide have a mental health problem.

Most people who experience mental health problems fully recover and see that light after periods of extreme pain and darkness and are able to live with and manage their symptoms successfully and positively especially if people can get help early on. Unfortunately that’s not always easy and the case at present as our mental health and counselling services are all overstretched.

So many people are affected by mental illness, it’s 2019 and there is a strong social stigma attached to mental ill health, and people with mental health problems can experience discrimination in all aspects of their lives? Why this certainly shouldn’t be the case in our modern society.

Many people’€s problems are made worse by the stigma and discrimination they experience – from society, but also from families, friends and employers.

Nearly nine out of ten people with mental health problems say that stigma and discrimination have a negative effect on their lives.

We know that people with mental health problems are amongst the least likely of any group with a long-term health condition or disability to:

• find work

• be in a steady, long-term relationship

• live in decent housing 

• be socially included in mainstream society.

Society in general has stereotyped views about mental illness and how it affects people, especially men. We are living in a society where it’s weak for men to cry, reach out and ask for help as its damaging to our masculinity, nonsense.

Many people believe that people with mental ill health are violent and dangerous, when in fact they are more at risk of being attacked or harming themselves than harming other people.

Stigma and discrimination can also worsen someone’s mental health problems, and delay or impede their getting help and treatment, and their recovery. Social isolation, poor housing, unemployment and poverty are all linked to mental ill health. So stigma and discrimination can trap people in a cycle of illness.

The situation is exacerbated by the media, using negative and outrageous terminology regarding men and masculinity.

Media reports often link mental illness with violence, or portray people with mental health problems as dangerous, criminal, evil, or very disabled and unable to live normal, fulfilled lives.

This is far from the case.

The best way to challenge these stereotypes is through firsthand contact with people with experience of mental health problems. There is a few local and national campaigns that are doing there best to trying to change public attitudes and raise awareness to mental illness. Such as See Me, Mind and Time To Change.

Always remember It’s ok not to be ok and good to cry, please never filter your feelings.

Steven Connelly

Ignorance and Barriers Surrounding Mental Health Treatment.

We live in a progressive world where animals are given more rights than humans.

Our world is advancing and taking the right steps towards complete civilization but it won’t be wrong if we say that even in today’s progressive world, speaking about mental health and depression carries unfortunately carries stigma.

People today know mental health is an illness and is curable but knowing the thing and understanding it are two different things.

Stigmatization narrows down to its two types: Personal stigma and social stigma.

Social stigma is substantially attached to mental illness. People are unaware of how prevalent mental illness is.

It has been studied that mental illness is experienced by one in four people at some point in their lives. Social stigma sticks to the sufferer’s life, affecting their work, relationships and most importantly, their self-esteem.

The life of a sufferer, already filled with the chaos of melancholy, where society adds up more chaos to it, making it a surplus.

The surplus trickles down, pouring the melancholy over the surroundings. This all shows how doomed we have gotten as a nation. Instead of subtracting, we are adding, which is leading to more suffering in the end.

It is said that, it takes one person to know one, a person who has never been affected by mental illness will never consider it as an unmitigated illness.

Stigmatization of mental illness can be traced back decades when peculiar methods were used to get rid of the illness.

People have always confused mental illness with possession, instead of considering it as an absolute illness, they looked it as an evil spirit taking possession of the patient’s body and resort to exorcism.

Back then, trephining was used to get rid of what they presumed to be evil spirits. In trephining, they used to drill the human brain open, which eventually blew the evil spirits and as well as the person.

The people who got hold of any kind of mental illness back then were thought of to be in a league with devil torture, and became a victim to burning, hanging and sending to the sea.

In this 21st century, society still consider mental illness as an “attempt to gain attention” or possession by some evil spirits which is ridiculous.

Parents label their children as lousy, dramatic, short-tempered or arrogant without understanding the symptoms of mental illness.

Complete support is given to the people who are physically ill; a doctor prescribes medicine, a pharmacist is approached for the same but the case goes antithetical when it is a psychiatric prescription.

The sufferer is not even permitted to step out and approach a psychiatrist in the first place. The society thinks if a person is mentally ill, they could handle it themselves, instead of displaying it to the world.

Depression, a common mental disorder, is one of the most leading reasons of disability and Suicide in our world especially amongst young men.

Awareness must be widespread over the society, waking up the nation from their dreams of darkness.

Being ignorant to such a vital part of our everyday lives will get us nowhere.

Our society can be ruined with minds being powerful, but affected by the illness that goes unnoticed.

Knowledge is a cardinal tool, but understanding of that knowledge is what makes us an influential human.

Influential humans make up influential societies, and the country can eminently prosper.

Steven Connelly

Importance Of Good and positive Mental Health.

Everyone knows the importance of good mental health, but how do you achieve it? Whether you’re born with a predisposition to a mental health disorder or acquire it as a result of substance abuse, can you achieve good mental health anyway? What exactly can you do to promote better mental health? Here are some points to consider.

Health is a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity. Mental health is an integral part of this definition.”

Good mental health is also more than just the absence of a mental disorder, such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression, or anxiety. A person who is mentally healthy has a state of well-being in which he or she realizes his or her own abilities, is able to cope with life’s normal stresses, can work regularly and productively, and is also able to make a contribution to the community. Good mental health, therefore, is the foundation for an individual’s and a community’s effective functioning and well-being.

Promoting Mental Health:

In order to promote good mental health, there must be action. Mental health promotion covers a variety of strategies, all of which have the aim of making a positive impact on mental health. Actions taken to promote mental health include strategies and programs to create environment and living conditions to support mental health and allow people to adopt and maintain healthy lifestyles. There is no one-size-fits-all program for promoting good mental health. The range of choices available increases the chances for even more people to experience the benefits of good mental health – or improving their mental health.

Factors Determining Mental Health

Just as illness and health in general are affected by multiple factors, so, too, is mental health and mental health disorders. These factors, which often interact, include biological, psychological, and social elements.

Experts say the clearest evidence is associated with poverty indicators, including low educational levels, and poor housing and low income in other studies. As socioeconomic disadvantages increase and persist for individuals and communities, the risks to mental health also increase. There is greater vulnerability of disadvantaged individuals within communities to mental health disorders. This may be partially explained by additional factors, including a sense of hopelessness, insecurity, rapid social change, poor physical health, and the risks of violence.

It is impossible to have good mental health without policies and an environment that respects and protects basic civil, cultural, political, and socio-economic rights. People need to have the security and freedom of these rights in order to achieve and maintain good mental health.

Behavior and Mental Health:

A number of problems, including mental, social, and behavioral health, may interact and intensify effects on an individual’s well-being and behavior. Violence, abuse against women and children, and substance abuse are examples of negative effects on individuals’ well-being and behavior. So, too, is the presence of HIV/AIDS, anxiety, and depression. These are both more prevalent in, and more difficult to cope with, in conditions that include limited education, low income, high unemployment, gender discrimination, violations of human rights, unhealthy lifestyle, social exclusion, and stressful working conditions.

Cost-Effective Interventions to Promote Good Mental Health:

Promoting good mental health doesn’t have to involve multi-million dollar budgets. There are low-cost and cost-effective interventions that can raise the level of individual and community mental health. These are some evidence-based, high-impact interventions that help to promote good mental health:

• School mental health promotion activities – These include child-friendly schools, and programs that support ecological changes in schools.

• Early childhood interventions – Examples include pre-school psycho-social interventions, home visits to pregnant women, and combining nutritional and psycho-social interventions in populations of the disadvantaged.

• Community development programs

• Support to children – Such programs may include skills-building or child and youth development.

• Housing policies – designed to improve housing.

• Violence prevention programs – such as community policing initiatives.

• Empowerment of women – Socio-economic programs to improve access to education and credit, for example.

• Social support for the elderly – including day and community centers for the aged and so-called “befriending” initiatives.

• Mental health interventions in the workplace – including programs to prevent and reduce workplace stress.

• Programs targeted for vulnerable groups – These groups may include migrants, minorities, indigenous people, and people

In the Home: Basics for Children’s Good Mental Health:

Beyond the basics of providing for a child’s physical well-being with food and shelter, promoting good mental health in children involves a number of things that parents can and need to do.

Unconditional love: First, every child needs unconditional love from his or her parents and family members. The love, security, and acceptance trio are the bedrock for a child’s good mental health. Make sure children know that your love is not dependent on looks or grades or accomplishments. Let them know that mistakes and defeats are common when growing up, and are not cause for alarm. They are to be expected and accepted. Above all, make sure your children know that you love them without any boundaries, and always will. Your child’s self-confidence will grow in a home environment of unconditional love.

Confidence and self-esteem:

Nurturing a child’s confidence and self-esteem involves praising them for the little things they do for the first time and/or do well, encouraging them to take the next steps, to explore and learn about new things. Providing a safe environment for them to play in, being actively involved in their activities, smiling and giving assurances, will help them build self-confidence and self-esteem. It’s also important for parents to set realistic goals for their children, goals that match their abilities and ambition. As children get older, they can help choose goals that are a little more challenging and test their abilities further. Avoid criticism and sarcasm. These are detrimental to a child’s self-confidence and self-esteem. Instead, if a child fails a test or loses at a game, give him or her a pep talk. They’re looking for assurance, not criticism. Be honest with your child, not brutally so, but don’t shade the truth or gloss over your own failures or disappointments with little white lies. It helps children to know that parents are human, too, and sometimes make mistakes. Encourage your child to do his or her best and to enjoy the learning process. By trying new activities, children learn teamwork, develop new skills, and build self-esteem.

Guidance and discipline:

While it’s important for children to play and explore and learn, they also need to know that there are some behaviors and actions that are inappropriate and unacceptable, either in the family or in the school and community. Parents need to give appropriate guidance to their children and, when necessary, appropriate discipline. Discipline within the family unit needs to be consistent and fair. No changing the rules for one child over another. It’s also important for parents to set a good example. You can’t expect children to obey family rules if the parents consistently break them. If your child does something wrong, you should talk about their behavior that’s inappropriate – not the child. Explain why you are disciplining your child as well as what the potential consequences of their actions may be. Do not resort to nagging, threats, or bribery, since children quickly learn to ignore such tactics. In addition, they are ineffective. Try not to lose control around your child and if you do lose your temper, talk about what happened and, if you’re wrong, apologize. Parents providing guidance and discipline should not attempt to control the child, but to give the child the opportunity to learn self-control.

Surroundings that are safe and secure:

Your home should be a safe and secure place where your child will not feel fear. Despite our best intentions, however, there are situations and circumstances where children do become fearful, anxious, secretive, or withdraw. Remember that fear is very real to children. Try to find out what’s causing the fear and how you may be able to correct it. Signs of fear include changes in eating or sleeping patterns, aggressiveness, nervous mannerisms, or extreme shyness. Children to say they’re sick or appear anxious on numerous occasions may have a problem that needs tending to. Sometimes a move to a new neighborhood, disruption in the family structure, moving to a new school, or other stressful event will trigger fears. Illness can also prompt a fear of returning to school.

Play opportunities with other children:

Make sure your child has plenty of opportunities to play with other children, inside and outside the home. Besides being fun, playtime helps children learn new skills, problem-solving, self-control, and allows them to be creative. Vigorous play, such as running, jumping and playing tag, helps children to be physically and mentally healthy. If there are no children of appropriate age in the immediate neighborhood, consider a good children’s program at community centers, schools, recreation or park center.

Teachers and caretakers that are encouraging and supportive:

Caretakers, sitters, and teachers are instrumental in the promotion of a child’s good mental health. They should be actively involved in the child’s development, offering consistent encouragement and support.

Resiliency and Good Mental Health

Looking at the big picture, persons with good mental health have the following characteristics:

• A sense of contentment with their lives

• A zest for living, laughing, and having fun

• Able to deal with stress and to bounce back from adversity

• Flexibility to learn new things, and adaptability to deal with change

• Able to build and maintain healthy relationships

• Self-confidence and high self-esteem

• Good balance between work and play

• A sense of meaning and purpose in life, including activities and relationships

Still, being mentally and emotionally healthy doesn’t mean that people never go through hard times or suffer through some painful situations. Sure, disappointments, loss, and change are all a part of life. And they do cause stress, sadness, and anxiety in the healthiest individuals.

Here’s where the importance of resiliency comes in. Individuals who have good mental health are able to bounce back from the adversity of a lost job, relationship, illness, sadness, or other setback. They see the circumstance or situation for what it is, and set about righting their emotional balance.

In fact, resiliency is all about emotional balance. And you can teach yourself to become more resilient and, thus, have better mental health. Being able to recognize your emotions ensures that you don’t become trapped in negative mood states or in depression or anxiety. It also helps to have a good support network – family, friends, co-workers, counselors, and others – who can help you in times of need.

In my own personal opinion Resiliency, according is not a trait that people either have or don’t have. It involves actions, thoughts, and behaviors that can be learned and developed – in anyone. Here are examples of 10 ways to build resilience. They are briefly excerpted here:

• Accept that change is a part of living. All of life involves change. Accepting that fact, you will be better served by focusing on things that you can change and putting a plan together to do so.

• Make connections. Good relationships are important: family, friends, co-workers, and others. Accept help if you need it, and don’t be afraid to ask for it.

• Avoid seeing crises as insurmountable problems. You can’t change what’s happened, but you can look toward the solution and act accordingly.

• Take decisive actions. Acting decisively, even during stressful or adverse situations, helps build self-confidence and resilience.

• Move toward your goals. Create realistic goals and take steps to achieve them. Even small steps are a sign of progress. Keep moving forward.

• Look for opportunities for self-discovery. You can often learn something good from any situation, even tragedies and hardship.

• Nurture a positive view of yourself. Develop your confidence and problem-solving ability helps to build resilience.

• Maintain a hopeful outlook. Try visualizing what you want, instead of worrying about how you’ll attain it.

• Take care of yourself. Pay attention to the physical and mental aspects of personal caretaking. This keeps mind and body primed and ready to deal with situations requiring resilience.

• Keep things in perspective. Try to look at the broader, long-term view and avoid blowing things out of proportion.

• Find additional ways of strengthening resilience. These may include journal writing, meditation, or spiritual practices.

Your never alone, we are all stronger together.

Steven Connelly

Epilepsy and Mental Health.

Any individual, regardless of age can develop epilepsy. Approximately 50 million people are living with epilepsy throughout the globe.

Presently, there are numerous studies confirming a significant link between epilepsy and psychological disorders such as depression, anxiety and sometimes psychosis. Other mental health issues such as personality change in terms of thoughts and behaviour, suicidal behaviour, irritability, mood swings and aggression are associated with epilepsy condition. Interestingly, these mental health issues are underdiagnosed and undertreated which further deteriorates seizure control and hence increases the severity of epilepsy.

People with epilepsy develop anxiousness, nervousness and restlessness due to the fear of experiencing episodes of seizure anywhere and anytime, consequently intensifying their anxiety levels. Once an individual has been diagnosed as epileptic, he/she starts to feel guilty, confused and dissatisfied and finds no hope for recovery. Additionally, he/she questions one’s existence and meaning of life. The thought process revolves around questions and statements such as “Why me?”, “Why do I have to suffer?”, “What is the point of living with epilepsy condition?”, “Nobody can help me”, “I am cursed”, “It’s a punishment from god”, and also blame the family members for their neurological condition, all of which results in shame, despair, anger, irritability in the individual and further increases the risk of committing suicide.

Education, employment, marriage and social well-being are some of the psychosocial factors which bring definite amount of mental distress for people living with epilepsy.

In an educational environment, a child with epilepsy will show unwillingness to go to school or college due to the concerns about the possibility of having another seizure episode within the institutional premises and may fear the response from other students or teachers which ultimately results in lower self-esteem and social isolation. 

Psychological factors such as stress, anxiety and depression also have an influence on the families of people living with epilepsy.

Mental distress is experienced by parents also once they recognize their child is diagnosed with epilepsy apart from the child. With further increase in parent’s anxiety levels or overwhelming fears, parenting style changes to over-protectiveness and hence nurturing a dependent child. But, when the child turns to young adult, problematic dependent behaviour is observed by the parents and they complain about not executing independency, which on a longer time results in deterrent Parent-Child relationship. 

people living with epilepsy have struggles for getting employed.

One of the main reasons was found to be employer’s attitude, stigma, discrimination, and ignorance.

Getting a suitable life partner is difficult and worrisome, there is always going to be stress and anxiety associated with epilepsy.

What happens if my partner can’t cope and leaves me, will I ever find someone that understands and respects me for who I am. We all have that worry constantly going through our minds leading to increased seizure activity.

In elderly population, the incidence of epilepsy is high. Poor quality of life worsens the neuropsychological health, cognitive impairment, social isolation and poor self-esteem. Substance dependence is also found in older age apart from young adulthood, which further deteriorates epileptic condition of the individual. 

Considering the society’s belief on epilepsy, it is assumed to be contagious nevertheless it is very much evident that epilepsy is a non-communicable disease. Socialization becomes a struggle for a Person living with epilepsy due to prevailing discrimination which leads to impaired social skills, low self-esteem, lack of interest in pleasurable activities and thus entirely retreating from the social world.

Additionally, some cultures consider that it’s a spirit possession within the individual and refrain from required holistic medical treatment, making the condition worse.

To conclude, there is a profound need to educate the society on stigma and prejudice associated with epilepsy through various awareness programs. Prerequisite screening and addressing psychological concerns immediately after the diagnosis of epilepsy should be implemented in the hospitals or clinics by medical professionals for compelling treatment outcomes. Furthermore, a holistic treatment approach, recognizing biological, psychological and social elements would minimize the treatment gaps and improve the individual’s quality of life.

Steven Connelly

Young People and Self Harm.

I’m writing this blog as someone who has and still struggled with self-harm and have been for over 15 years now.

Self harm is particularly prevalent among young people, and it is generally thought that more girls self-harm than boys. However, self-harm is a very difficult thing to research accurately, because so many people keep it secret. This is even more the case for young men, who are less likely to open up about their emotional and mental lives.

So what do we actually know about young men who harm themselves?

The biggest difference, it seems, is that males are far less likely to seek help following self-harming. This includes general support, such as making an appointment with there GP or using internet support forums, but also necessary physical treatment. Young men are less likely to go to hospital (even for serious cuts or overdoses), and if they do go, they are more likely to claim it was an accident. This is very concerning, not just because of the physical risk, but because they will not have a chance to talk about their problems or get support for their mental health.

Like females who self-harm, most males harm themselves to reduce emotional pain or distress.  However, research suggests that males tend to use self-harm as a last resort for coping with difficulties in their lives. As a result, they are more likely to use drugs or alcohol at the same time, or hurt themselves using violent methods. Despite this, they may not see self-harm as a problem. In fact, a lot of young men say they harm themselves in order to fit in with their friends. This is a really big deal: not only are young men more likely to keep their problems quiet until they reach breaking point, they may actually think it is okay to self-harm because their peers accept it.

But does any of this mean we should support men who self-harm differently from women? In many respects, it doesn’t. Most thing which can be done to support those who self harm do not depend on whether the person is male, female, transgender or otherwise. Such things might include telling the person that you do not judge them, letting them contact you when they are struggling, or providing them with ideas to distract themselves from self-harm.

However, it is key to bear in mind that a young man may feel less able to open up or see their self-harm as a problem. This does not mean encouraging them to quit self-harming before they feel ready, or telling them that what they are doing is wrong. It just means encouraging them that it is okay to talk, and emphasising how important it is to get treatment for self-harm. Knowing where to turn for help can be a long process for anybody, and for young men, the road to recovery may have a few more obstacles in the way.  However, by simply being kind and encouraging openness, hopefully those obstacles can be broken down a little quicker.

Steven Connelly.

Promoting Positive Mental Health Awareness In The Workplace.

The importance of a positive attitude towards mental health in the workplace has been highlighted many times over recent years.

Businesses acknowledge its significance to the workforce and employee productivity and are taking steps to make sure that they’re promoting positive mental health in the workplace.

1 in 4 adults in the workplace experience a form of mental health problem at some point in their lives. It’s important for employers to take some steps to promote positive mental health around the workplace. It’s also important for them to provide adequate support to employees who may be experiencing mental ill health.

It is estimated that up to 70 million days are lost each year as a result of mental health problems in the workplace. This figure is said to cost employers approximately £2.4 billion every year.

With that in mind, it’s essential to understand mental health and have a plan in place to identify and support your employees who might be experiencing mental ill health.

Understanding mental health

When your employees are physically and mentally healthy, they’re able to be more productive and be better engaged with your company and brand.

Unfortunately, the stigma around mental health has made it so that some employers feel that they’d be uncomfortable talking to their employees about their mental health. This leads employees to feel like they shouldn’t feel the way they feel and they’ll be judged by colleagues or management if they share their experience.

Mental ill health is very common and understanding it can make all the difference to your organisation. Creating an encouraging environment where workers feel comfortable talking about mental health can have a positive impact on your company.

Employees with good mental health are more productive, engaged and loyal to your company. You’re also more likely to retain employees when they know that the company culture promotes positive mental health.

When your staff feel like they’re not able to talk to their managers or colleagues about problems that they may be having, they’re more likely to come into work when they’re too ill to effectively carry out the duties required of them.

This also leads to issues surrounding employees of staying at work longer than usual or even when they are ill, just  to show the employer that they work hard and are important, as well as some health and safety concerns.

When mental ill health is left untreated, it can cause secondary symptoms. Examples include depression, mood swings, lack of care for physical health, withdrawal symptoms and more.

Talking about mental health at work

There’s a number of things that can be done at work to encourage employees to join in the conversation about mental health.

While it can take some time to change the organisation’s culture, there are steps that you could take to promote positive mental health and to open up discussions around mental health. This includes:

Promoting wellbeing: Adjustments to company culture can boost employee wellbeing and engagement. Try to embed mental health into your company induction and employee training. Educate them on managing mental health, provide them with resources that could offer support when needed.

Involving staff members in the decision making process within an organisation increases motivation and helps them understand how their role fits into the overall objectives of the business. Using employee surveys, focus groups, diversity networks, team retreats and more, you’ll be able to get an idea of the areas within the business that contribute to employees’ mental ill health.

Company Culture: Regular discussions with staff members about their mental health goes a long way to creating a culture of openness. Consider setting a recurring meeting where employees can talk about their wellbeing and issues that may be causing stress.

Work/life balance: Promoting a healthy balance between employees’ work life and personal life has a positive impact on their wellbeing. While longer working hours may seem manageable at first, you may begin to notice a decline in employee productivity if maintained long-term. Consider encouraging your staff to work sensible hours, take some time off to rest after a busy period at work and to avoid working at weekends and home.

Steven Connelly