I've just opened my copy of the latest fsb magazine "First Voice", on page 11 there are some stats and an article about the struggle that the UK workforce is facing.
Thursday morning sees the Chamber hosting an event about Wellbeing, with some speakers talking about this topic.
I work with clients who have been booked off work due to stress, anxiety and other symptoms related to mental health.
If you belong to a big organisation it's easy to see that they have the resources to implement what the human beings in the office require as a support to the demands of work life and home life.
What about the SMALLER BUSINESSES who perhaps have a larger problem because often there isn't anyone to step in if a co-worker is BOOKED OFF FOR STRESS etc?
So you're booked off, but you need to return to work at some point, the article suggests that this often feels too soon for the individual.
What do people do during their 'time away' to recover?
Is there a support structure in place or are they reliant on the overloaded NHS? Are they contacting the Charities who offer support?
Where does the responsibility lie, when it comes to our mental health issues?
I'm just asking. I don't for one moment want you to think I'm making light of the situation.
The onus cannot be fully placed on organisations and business owners to solve these issues. Surely we need to be MAKING SOME NEW DECISIONS for ourselves. I have always maintained that we were born with the opportunity to choose. We choose our careers, partners, lifestyle choices, what we eat and drink etc. We don't always have control over the trauma's and challenges we face (that's a different discussion) but we can choose what we do about it.
Asking for help and taking charge of your own life is a very empowering position to be in. Whether that is at your place of work, or if you aren't ready to open up to them, find yourself a counsellor, a psychologist or a coach to support you through the process. Oh, I hear the "MONEY" comment pop up in your head, that's just an excuse.
What if a few hours with a professional could save your life, YOUR FAMILY hey even your career? I think its worth it.
What do you think?