With World Mental Health Day just passed, while all the posts and comments are valuable to raise awareness, action needs to be taken by companies and by government to permanently improve resources.
"The theme of World Mental Health Day this year is ensuring mental health and wellbeing for all becomes a global priority, but this starts with focusing on and prioritising your own mental health."
This is the time for us to re-look at out efforts and start improving our mental health, as well as the mental health of others. Covid-19 halted a lot of progress that had been made, with working from home, not allowing us to see loved ones and general isolation adding to the list of complications connected with mental health.
Since then, it has been increasingly difficult to seek help regarding mental health from the NHS, with many noting that they're still waiting months after seeing their doctor to be referred for more help.
The government did announce a pot of £79 million to be spent expanding services to make it easier for people to get help, which has been reasonably successful so far. But there is still more that needs to be done.
As a businesses its important to make sure our staff feel that they are being supported when it comes to mental health. That's why we're currently training various members of each department to be mental health first aiders to try and help spot the signs. While this is just the start, we will always be committed to making the workplace a safe space.