|Blog article|||||By Simplyhealth||22 June 2020|
The world has changed dramatically in a matter of weeks. Eased only by the appearance of the sun, the Coronavirus has taken its toll on us all. However, if we look at the silver lining, mental health has been brought to the forefront of the agenda with the need for discussions around supporting mental health increasing – which can only be a good thing.
With this in mind, we wanted to share a few ways that you can support your employees’ mental health throughout this uncertain time, and beyond.
There’s a direct relationship between mental health and finances and, during these uncertain times, we are now seeing the impacts more prominently. A recent poll found that one in four employers expect to make redundancies as a result of Coronavirus. Even those who are secure in their jobs will likely feel the ripple effects of those close to them being impacted. In turn, the stress and worry of adapting to a new financial situation can affect people at home, and at work.
To help, employers can:
There’s a strong link between physical and mental wellbeing; evidence shows that exercising at least three times a week, can reduce the risk of depression by almost 20%. This is important to bear in mind if you’re noticing that the effects of Coronavirus are beginning to take their toll on your workforce.
To help, employers can:
Mental health should remain a constant, year-round focus. So whether you’re relaxing your policies, or looking at new ways to better support your employees during this period, consider how these measures could be extended post-lockdown, where mental health support might be more crucial than ever before.
2. Mind: www.mind.org.uk
3. CIPD/Simplyhealth Health and Well-being at Work 2019 report
For more detailed and up to date information, please visit the Government website: COVID-19: guidance for employees, employers and businesses
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