Mental health awareness week starts every year on the second Monday in May – in 2019 from 13 – 19 May.
In a world that is increasingly opening up to – and understanding those with – mental health issues, it’s no surprise that Mental Health Awareness Week is now a firmer fixture on calendars around the UK and beyond. It’s organised by the Mental Health Foundation, and focuses on a major issue each and every year.
Thankfully both employers and employees are now much more aware of the impact mental health has on their ability to perform their job.
It is important that employers are aware of the stress placed on their employees and that employees have a 'safe' place to discuss this.
Data from the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) reported that in 2018 there were around 595,000 workers in the UK who suffered from work-related stress, depression or anxiety. Furthermore, work-related stress accounts for 57% of all working days lost and workplace-induced panic attacks are becoming more commonplace. Workplace-related anxiety could be down to a number of things like lack of sleep, putting all of your time and energy into your job and leaving none for you to focus on self-care, your boss could be asking too much of you or just when the multi-tasking becomes too much.