Mental health in the workplace

Did you know that one in six workers experience mental health problems including depression and anxiety? Mental health in the workplace is far more common than you might think.

This can be due to all sorts of things including work overload and colleague clashes, but there are plenty of things you can do to help with your mental wellbeing at work. Take a look at some of our suggestions below.

Taking your full lunch break hour Go outside if you can for your lunch break, the fresh air will help! Also make sure you take your full lunch break hour, so you can properly take a break from doing your work.

Listen to a song whilst you work If you’re feeling stressed and you’re allowed, listen to a calming song. It can help you relax and focus – meaning you can get back into work a lot more effectively! Here’s some inspiration on what to listen to!

Get the work-life balance right Always make sure you’re creating clear boundaries between work and home. This will mean that once you have some downtime, you’ll be able to completely switch off from work. This will enable you to be a lot more focused and switched on when you go back into work.

Ask for help You shouldn’t be afraid to ask for help if you need it. If you feel your workload is getting too much, speak to your supervisor – they will be able to help you to prioritise and reduce your workload if needed. Here’s some ideas on how to talk to your supervisor about it

Evidence suggests that 12.7% of all absences in the UK are due to mental health. As well as the tips you can do for yourself, there are also precautions your employer can do to reduce this in the workplace. Follow this link to see how your employer can help.

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NEWS: Foundation represented in local Great East Run

Two ladies from our PR and Marketing team at Prominent have pledged to take part in the Great East Run half marathon on behalf of the Charlie Watkins Foundation. We caught up with them to see how they are getting on and why they decided to support CWF.

What inspired you to take part in the Great East Run for the Charlie Watkins Foundation?

Abi: We’ve had the pleasure of working with the Charlie Watkins Foundation since the start of the year and we truly believe in what Harry is looking to achieve. If the donations that we provide can help one person feel supported then the blood, sweat and tears of training is all worthwhile!

Helen: Abi inspired me! This is a huge challenge for her being a beginner runner, so I wanted to be alongside her, supporting her journey as well as the amazing work which the Foundation does.

How many days a week have you been training?

Abi: When I decided to take on this challenge, I was determined to go out every other day. I managed this for over a month but with other work and family commitments, my training plan has tailed off a bit – therefore I need as much encouragement and donations to get me back in line!

Helen: I’m getting out on average two days a week at the moment, supplemented with one or two days of hockey. I’ve done the GER before so I know what’s involved, but summer holidays, work and football has seen me slip slightly back in my training plan, so more donations are needed to get me going again!

What does the Charlie Watkins Foundation mean to you?

Abi: I have lost friends to suicide as well as experienced my own battles with mental health, so hearing Charlie’s story and working with Harry has been truly inspiring. I’m glad I have found a way to do my bit.

Helen: It’s a way for Prominent to give something back. It was a unanimous request from the team for the CWF to be our charity of the year, so I gave them my 100% support. The team feel invested in the Foundation and I’m very happy to support this and give my time and sweat too!

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