If there's one thing we've learnt over the last year, it's that mental health is just as important as physical health. It's been cited by many health organisations that the long term impact of the coronavirus pandemic on our mental health is unknown.
What has been observed is increases in experiences of anxiety and depression, disruption to the normal delivery of psychological services (i.e. face to face replaced by telephone or video calls), and falls in the number of referrals for mental health services - likely because people weren't visiting their GP.
All of this will have an impact on our friends, family and colleagues.
Time to Talk Day
Time for Change is an organisation led by mental health charities MiND and Rethink Mental Illness. They created the awareness day "Time to Talk Day" in order to encourage us all to talk about how we are feeling and to help reduce the stigma around mental ill health.
Here are our ideas for how to help start small conversations:
You'll also find lots of resources on the Time to Change website.
Online training to help support you and your team
We have a number of online training courses to support communication and looking after the welfare of your team. Some of our most popular courses include:
Mental Health Awareness
Managing Sickness and Absence
Try the first module of each course for free! Find out more here.