Emma Mamo, the Head of Workplace Wellbeing, states why the new Workplace Wellbeing Index is so important…. ‘Right now, one in six workers is dealing with a mental health problem such as anxiety, depression or stress. Too often, employees are scared to tell their manager about a mental health problem and managers are unsure how best to support staff when they do. This can stop people performing at their best. Since we all have mental health, employers should prioritise the wellbeing of all staff, whether they are currently experiencing a mental health problem or not’. For further reading, please visit MIND
Business in the Community have launched the National Employee Mental Wellbeing Survey – the UK’s largest survey of mental wellbeing at work, taking place annually over 3 years. It includes the personal wellbeing questions used by the Office of National Statistics to measure national wellbeing.
Are you aged 16-64+ and currently in employment in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland?
Why businesses should take part in the survey?
Mental health costs the UK £70 billion per year, equivalent to 5% of GDP.
- Mental ill health costs each employer £1,035 per employee, per year.
- Failure to unlock the workforce’s full potential costs UK business £6 billion.
- Only 2 in 5 employees are working at peak performance.
- Studies suggest that presenteeism from mental ill health alone costs the UK economy £15.1 billion per annum, almost twice the business cost of employee absence from work.
- More line managers are experiencing stress-related ill-health and symptoms of psychological ill-health.
- 3 in 5 managers are concerned about the impact of longer working hours on their stress levels.
- There is still a stigma associated with mental health, through a lack of understanding. People might feel very happy to tell a colleague about a physical injury they’ve sustained, but when it comes to mental health, people can keep this to themselves through fear of being treated differently or judged.
- Only a third of employees received any support to manage workplace stress.
- Less than half of those that are affected by mental ill health feel confident to disclose their condition in the workplace, which can mean issues become more severe.
Child Safety Week takes place on 6-12 June and its theme for 2016 will be “Turn off technology!” . Child Safety Week is run by Child Accident Prevention Trust to raise awareness of the risks of child accidents and how they can be prevented. The organisation provides a range of resources to help practitioners run local activities and events and promote safety messages in a fun and engaging way. Events are held by a range of different organisations and individuals, including children’s centres, childminders, fire and rescue teams, hospitals, schools and many more. Please, visit: http://www.childsafetyweek.org.uk/
The award, supported by Public Health England (PHE), will recognise excellence in the design, delivery and impact of a health campaign provided by young people, for young people. The campaign can be based on any health or wellbeing topic such as healthy eating, increasing physical activity, emotional wellbeing, or sexual health. Campaign messages can be delivered by any means such as school assemblies, community events, activities, posters or on-line campaigns. There will be a prize of £500 for the organisation with the best campaign, which can be spent to support future health campaigns. The application for the award should be made by the adult co-ordinator or mentor who supports the youth health champion group. The award will be presented to the winners at the Youth Health Movement conference in London on 14th July.
16-22 May is Mental Health Awareness Week, a national awareness campaign organised by the Mental Health Foundation. This year’s theme is relationships and the importance of creating healthy connections with people as part of our mental health and wellbeing Please, visit: https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/campaigns/mental-health-awareness-week
We would like to hear about your experiences of ageing – what helps you to live well, what impacts on your ability to age well and what improvements can be made.
We want to know what you think, whatever your age. Find out more at www.southwark.gov.uk/ageingwell or come and visit us in the atrium at Tooley Street.
‘Postcards from somewhere’ launches our new Life Support campaign. We hope it gets people thinking about the ways we can find comfort and support in our communities, and about those who may not have that support.
Too many people don’t have a ‘somewhere’ and struggle to find a place to go where they feel happy and supported. We may feel excluded and isolated from the communities we live in. That’s why we’re launching the Life Support campaign.
Let’s celebrate the ‘somewhere’ we may have in our lives and help inspire others. Hundreds of our members and campaigners have already shared theirs and I’ve just done mine, will you join us?
London Digital Mental Health
Attached is the latest newsletter with updates on the progress of the London Digital Mental Wellbeing project.
Please note the information provided on the ‘Digital Wellbeing Champion’ opportunity and upcoming events.
The Stay Well This Winter campaign is encouraging people to get a flu jab and take steps to take warm and staff at this surgery are happy to advice you if you’d like further advice.
There’s also lots of information here about flu jabs, antibiotics, how older people and patients with long term conditions can keep well and reduce the likelihood of serious illness, tips on how to keep warm, and details of NHS help that’s available via pharmacies and GPs.
Please think about sharing this advice with any relatives, friends, neighbours or anyone else you know who might find it useful.
Domestic abuse isn’t just violence. It can be sexual, psychological, emotional, and financial too. In fact, these types of abuse are extremely common. Abuse can happen to anyone – men, women, older people, younger people, and in same-sex relationships. Often, in an abusive relationships there can be early warning signs that the relationship is not healthy. It’s common for the early relationship to feel like a whirlwind, for you to be ‘swept of your feet’, for it to be really romantic – but also for there to be some areas that just don’t feel right.
These could be some of the early warning signs of an abusive relationship; is your partner:
- Wanting to know how you spend your money, even though you have separate finances?
- Paying for everything and telling you you don’t need to worry, they will take care of you?
- Uncomfortable with you seeing your friends or family – perhaps they say that they ‘want you all to themselves’
- Jealous of your male/female friends; they might say it’s because you are too attractive for them not to fancy you, or because they like you so much
- Encouraging you to do things sexually you are not comfortable with, including sending pictures or text messages
- Very critical of you; sometimes you feel that you can’t do anything right
- Physically intimidating – they might not have touched you but their body language sometimes makes you feel worried
These are just some of the early signs of a relationship that could be damaging to you. Of course they don’t automatically mean that your partner could be abusive, but if anything is making you feel uncomfortable about your relationship, or if you are worried about a friend of family member, it’s ok to talk about it.
You can talk to Solace, in confidence, by calling 0808 802 5565 or visiting their website. You can also find out more about support available in Southwark council site http://advicelocal.org.uk/resources/southwark/children-and-families/domestic-violence-issues