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Mental health issues can affect anyone, at any time. Across all walks of life, and all sectors of business, you just never know what the person next to you is going through. That’s why World Mental Health Day is so important, to help recognise the value of wellbeing, and to support each other.
The theme of World Mental Health Day 2020 is ‘Mental Health for All’. This year has been tough for everyone, with the pandemic having a huge impact on our daily lives. For those suffering, prioritising your mental health and taking to the time make positive changes can be very difficult.
Looking out for each other is crucial, to create a safe space where those who need it feel like they can contact the relevant support, whether that is friends, family, within the workplace, or a designated charity.
We live in uncertain times and unsurprisingly, Search’s recent Mental Health Index 2020 shows that mental health issues have increased across multiple sectors during the pandemic. Within industries that have suffered months of restrictions, many workers are dealing with a much higher degree of stress. In our survey, we found an increasing number of individuals reported worsening mental health in 2020:
•63% of hospitality workers
•58% of construction workers
•70% of healthcare workers
The risk of a silent mental health epidemic in these key sectors cannot be ignored, and that’s why days that highlight the importance of wellbeing and support, such as World Mental Health Day, are so vital.
Workers in these sectors should look at the figures from Search’s Mental Health Index and realise that you are not alone. This year has affected all of us in different ways, and everyone is doing their best to deal with the impact. Don‘t feel afraid to reach out if you need help.
If you are struggling with your mental health, for whatever reason, talk to your GP or find Mental Health Support Services near you. You can also get in touch with one of these charities:
You can call 116 123 24 hours a day for free or email firstname.lastname@example.org
There is also a Samaritans self-help app
Call the Mind infoline on 0300 123 3393 (UK landline calls are charged at local rates, and charges from mobile phones will vary considerably). Or email email@example.com.
Rethink Mental Illness Advice Line
Telephone: 0300 5000 927 (9.30am - 4pm Monday to Friday)
0300 304 7000 (4:30pm-10:30pm)
Telephone: 0808 808 4994 (11am-11pm, free to call)
Email: Helpline email form
Crisis Support: Text 'THEMIX' to 85258.
Find further mental health resources here.
We have selection of blogs to support workers on World Mental Health Day: