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The ultimate reading list to get you through Blue Monday!

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Blue Monday marks what is commonly believed to be the most depressing day in the year! No doubt #BlueMonday will be trending on twitter, as festive feelings continue to fade and the reality of winter weather, hiking energy bills and returning to work sinks in.

                                       

It is no coincidence that Blue Monday occurs in January, The Mental Health Foundation has claimed that stress symptoms can intensify in the first month of the year, after the New Year resolutions and the Christmas Period is over, with money and work being the two main causes. As most of the British workforce return to work, the ‘post-holiday blues’ can have on detrimental impact on your mental health and productivity in the workplace

The mental health charity Mind reports that one in six workers currently struggle with mental health problems such as anxiety and depression. This often hidden epidemic is estimated to cost UK employers as much as £15 billion in productivity and result in over 91 million lost days.

Following our series of Mental Health Seminars last year, we highlight our top mental health blogs to get you through Blue Monday.

The Employer's Reading List:

 

How to manage mental health in the workplace

Although many in the business community are beginning to recognise the importance of mental wellbeing in the workplace, there is undoubtedly still a stigma associated with poor mental health and how it restricts an employee’s ability to perform at their job. Many people will dismiss conditions such as anxiety, depression or stress as mere excuses for poor work performance, but the reality is that these issues can be crippling to individual productivity and the standard of work could suffer as a result. In this blog, we raise awareness around the causes and impact of poor mental health in the workplace.

How to champion mental wellbeing in the workplace

According to recent statistics published by Mind, 60 percent of employees say that they would feel more motivated and more likely to recommend their organisation as a good place to work if their employer took action to support mental wellbeing. For these reasons, find out how you can prioritise and advocate for mental wellbeing in the workplace!

Where body meets mind - How to create a culture of acceptance

The Mental Health Foundation notes that physical disability can lead to an increased risk of developing mental health problems such as anxiety and depression. Alternatively, poor mental health can negatively impact physical health, leading to an increased risk of certain physical illnesses. We examine the relationship between physical health and mental health, and show you how to train your workforce to empathetically and compassionately interact with their colleagues who may be suffering from a physical or mental disability, or a combination of both.

The Employee's Reading List:

 

Mental health at work - what employees need to know

While there has commonly been a clear distinction between ‘mind’ and ‘body’, it’s important to note that both physical and mental illness are classed as a disability according to the Equality Act. If you struggle with poor mental health at work, this blog will show you what your legal rights are as an employee.

Top tips to put your mental wellbeing first!

We all have mental health, and it can move up and down the continuum from positive mental health to debilitating mental illness. However, with life’s daily pressures – such as workplace environments, project deadlines, living expenses, family commitments and even the political, economic and social state of the world - can often consume our thoughts and energy to the point where we feel burnt out and mentally crippled by our perception of the world around us and most importantly, ourselves. This blog shows you what steps to take to improve your mental wellbeing.

 

And finally...

Although January comes with the hangover challenges and stresses of everyday life, it is also an opportunity to make a fresh start! For this reason, it’s important to dig deep and determine whether there are underlying issues which call for a drastic and long-term career change. Yes, it’s difficult to get back into the swing of work after the festive period, but how did you feel about your career before the holidays? Could it be time to switch things up on a professional level?

                                    

While the prospect of change can be both unsettling and stressful, one of the best ways to get a handle on mental health is through managing circumstances that are within your control. Make a list of your career priorities for 2018, whether these be learning a new skill or pursuing a different career path altogether, and take small – you don’t want to overwhelm yourself – yet significant steps towards achieving your goals.

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