For many of us, work is a major part of life: we spend a large amount of time working, it provides our income, and is often where our friends are. The way we feel about our job and workplace can have a huge impact on our mental health.
The stigma around mental health problems can cause people to give different reasons for calling in sick rather than being open about their conditions. Hiding these problems can, in many cases, exacerbate feelings of isolation and loneliness.
At Bromleys, we are enhancing our wellbeing policy. We have appointed two staff members who are trained mental health first-aiders – Laura Stansfield who heads up the Wills, Probate and Planning for the Future department, and Hailie Applegate who works in the Accounts department as an Assistant Legal Cashier.
Hailie said: “The role of a mental health first-aider is mainly to be a point of call for anyone going through a crisis or struggling with their mental health, to listen non-judgmentally and hold supportive conversations and, ultimately, to then signpost people to professional help and organisations.
“The Anthony Seddon Centre is a local mental health charity which works tirelessly to make a difference to people’s understanding and thoughts around mental health issues. They have a programme of activities, including a daily drop-in which is open to everyone with concerns around mental health.
“The centre has previously been Bromleys’ charity of the year and, through working together, we have got to know them and continue to support the great work that they do.”
Donna Thomas, founder of the centre, said: “Good mental wellbeing is everybody’s business.
“Employees are the most valuable asset a business can have, and so it makes good economic sense to look after your staff.
“It’s reassuring to see this responsibility being taken seriously by Bromleys, and their commitment to the welfare of their staff is to be applauded.”
Laura commented: “Our role is to help anyone who might have a problem and to help in any way we can.
“Through our training, we have the resources to provide guidance on how to seek the professional help they may need.
“We are not here to judge or diagnose, only to assist people.”
Please don’t suffer in silence – help is available.
Here are some useful links:
World Health Organisation https://www.who.int/
The Anthony Seddon Fund https://tasfund.org.uk/
The Samaritans https://www.samaritans.org/
LGBT Health https://www.lgbthealth.org.uk/