National Workplace Wellbeing Health Day 2017 took place on Friday 31st March and Suicide or Survive as a leading mental health charity is urged people to make mental wellbeing a priority in the workplace.
“We see from our work around the country that many people are struggling to cope at work due to both personal and workplace issues including work pressure, finance, relationships and day to day challenges. Research shows that at any one time 20% of the working age population are struggling with their mental health. At Suicide or Survive we consider this to be a conservative estimate. Mental health has now become the most common cause of workplace absence so it’s a huge issue for both employees and employers” says Caroline McGuigan, the founder and CEO of Suicide or Survive.
“We run wellness workshops in workplaces throughout the country and hear all the time the pressures people are Under. initiatives like National Workplace Wellbeing Day are so important. They help put the spotlight back on what is a huge issue for all of us.”
In the UK, new research from the Institute of Directors shows that over 50% of employers have been approached by employees about mental health challenges but only 14 per cent of companies have a policy in place to deal with the problem. The study also revealed that one in five directors in large companies didn’t know whether they had a policy at all. The number of days taken off due to mental health problems increased 25% year on year according to the UK Office for National Statistics. It states that anxiety, stress, and depression taken together are now the largest reason for workplace absence. It is widely thought that the figures for Ireland are similar. ( Ref http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/mental-health-just-14-per-cent-of-companies-have-formal-policy-in-place-to-deal-with-problem-a7606461.html )
Suicide or Survive run a national workplace wellness programme that reaches small, medium and large size organisations. We have recently partnered with Sky Ireland to reach 1000 of its employees to help them improve their wellbeing, both at home and at work.
“Sky is a huge investor in our people. They are the most important aspect of our organisation and we take their wellbeing very seriously. We know that general wellbeing and mental health challenges are part of everyday life for the population. Things like stress, family pressures, bereavement, addiction – these are aspects of life that can affect us all and it’s vital we support each other in coping and finding support wherever possible. That’s why Sky has partnered with Suicide or Survive, to reach 1000 employees by offering them practical wellness tools and tips. It’s an area we are deeply committed to and see this as part of an overall societal shift towards putting health and happiness at the heart of society. Employers in particular have a huge role to play here.” – said Aoife Ní Mhurchú, head of HR with Sky Ireland.