At last employees are starting to be able to talk about their mental health problems and companies are realising that not only do they have a responsibility in this area, but there is a financial benefit to assisting their employees deal with issues like stress, anxiety and depression, which are preventing them operating at full cognitive efficiency. And things are getting worse:
- More than two thirds of senior executives believe their stress levels are higher today than 5 years ago (Centre for Creative Leadership)
- 4 in 10 employees are afraid of disclosing their mental health problems to their employers due to the perceived risk of jeopardising their career (Mind, (2011). Managing and supporting mental health at work: Disclosure tools for managers. London: Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.)
- In the UK, 70 million days are lost from work each year because of mental ill health, making it the leading cause of absence (Davies, S.C. (2013). Chief Medical Officer’s summary. In: N. Metha, ed., Annual Report of the Chief Medical Officer 2013, Public Mental Health Priorities: Investing in the Evidence London: Department of Health, pp.11-19.)
- In 2013-14, work-related stress, anxiety and depression accounted for 39% of all work-related illnesses (Health and Safety Executive, (2015). Stress-related and psychological disorders in Great Britain (GB).)
Mark offers three speaking formats:
- A free lunch-time in-house introductory talks about stress, anxiety and depression: what they, how we create them, how they are completely misunderstood and what to do about them.
- He also runs a full day in-house workshop to go into much greater detail and help attendees start to make significant personal understanding in terms of their own position.
- Finally Mark runs four full programmes for companies in the mental health and personal/professional development area (please click on the title for details):