Improving Workplace Health campaign focusses on mental health
Having teamed up with Public Health Suffolk to improve how businesses support their staff, Suffolk Chamber of Commerce is raising the profile of mental health and emotional wellbeing throughout March as part of the Improving Workplace Health campaign.
Underpinning this campaign is Public Health Suffolk’s Five Ways to Wellbeing https://www.healthysuffolk.org.uk/projects/5-ways-to-wellbeing which provides general ideas as to how we can all boost our mental and physical strength.
According to John Dugmore, Suffolk Chamber’s chief executive, “mental health affects one in six employees at any one time. Until recently, mental health issues have been given less attention than those around physical health and in many cases there remains a stigma about talking about such matters – and what businesses can do to help.”
The Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development found that among those employees with mental health issues:
37% were more likely to get into conflict with colleagues
57% found it harder to juggle multiple tasks
80% found it difficult to concentrate
62% took longer to do tasks
50% were potentially less patient with clients / customers
“These figures show the challenge of mental health illness to both those affected by such issues and to employers seeking to make reasonable adjustments. We hope that this campaign signposts businesses to the very many sources of authoritative advice and guidance” added John Dugmore.
Abdul Razaq, Suffolk County Council’s Director of Public Health and Protection said “Suffolk County Council is committed to improving people’s mental health, which is also a priority for all health and wellbeing organisations in Suffolk.
“This means focusing our resources to support people with lived experiences of mental ill health and employers who have a duty to ensure good health in the workplace.
“We know how hard it can be for most of us to raise a mental health issue that may impact on our work. That’s why this collaboration with local businesses is so important to raising awareness of mental health at work and why it is more important than ever to talk about it.”
Suffolk Chamber and Public Health Suffolk are using the Chamber’s website (https://www.suffolkchamber.co.uk/initiatives/improving-workplace-health/five-ways-to-wellbeing/mental-health-management/) to house a resource library with a full list of helpful information for businesses.
The Chamber will also be using its email marketing reach and media support to provide employers and their staff with information and ideas aimed at improving their workplace mental health and emotional wellbeing.