Giving staff the environment they need to thrive has its benefits. It will allow them to be productive, think more clearly and be positive.
If money was no object, what health and wellbeing perks/schemes would you advocate employers have in place? If money really was no object then I would invest in the likes of mindfulness support for staff, quarterly away days and team building activities, as well as staff rest room with relaxing materials and activities. How important is emphasising support for staff? Without support of staff teams, we would not be able to offer good quality support for young people in the North East, the quality of any project relies on strong, motivated, supported and respected workers. How would you advise SME bosses to address staff mental health, especially in young people? Make sure you have a solid health and wellbeing policy and procedures and ensure staff feel able to seek support and access support without feeling like it’s a weakness. Is it often the case that people don’t realise what their own mental health situation is? I don’t think this is always the case no. As an organisation we aim to encourage young people (13-25) to have a greater awareness and understanding of their personal resources in order to make healthy lifestyle choices; build their resilience, understand personal responsibilities, increase their self-worth, reduce risks and make effective decisions. What do you think can be done to improve understanding of mental health illnesses? Training and support to share information is essential. At Streetwise we offer services that enable young people to grow into healthy and resilient adults and our aim is to support young people to achieve a greater understanding of themselves and their relationship with the world. What is the most common misconception? That mental health is other people’s business but its everyone’s business. Mental health affects everyone at some time in their lives.
“People usually have no problem talking about feeling physically ill – because, that’s just biology, it’s fact, and it’s science.” This passage comes from an article written by Sarah Alonze, senior campaign director at Babel, around our lack of communication around mental health issues.
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