Is mental health a PR or HR exercise only? Key factors to consider to support good mental health

    Having good mental health doesn’t mean that you never go through bad times or experience emotional problems. We all go through disappointments, loss, and change. And while these are normal parts of life, they can still cause sadness, anxiety, and stress. But just as physically healthy people are better able to bounce back from illness or injury, people with strong mental health are better able to bounce back from adversity, trauma, and stress. This ability is called resilience.


    People who are emotionally and mentally resilient have the tools for coping with difficult situations and maintaining a positive outlook. They remain focused, flexible, and productive, in bad times as well as good. Their resilience also makes them less afraid of new experiences or an uncertain future. Even when they don’t immediately know how a problem will get resolved, they are hopeful that a solution will eventually be found.


    Key factors to consider are the management system, the working environment as well as the HR mentality in the company. The culture is a key factor also to ensure the company and management are supporting the staff and not causing or exacerbating a mental health issue for a real person with real problems.


    Very interesting article today about the mental health issues in the corporate world and what employers are really doing to seriously assist staff with mental health rather than just treat it as a PR or HR exercise.

    https://www.rte.ie/brainstorm/2019/1209/1097923-do-employers-really-care-about-staff-mental-health-issues/


    How to boost your mental health?


    Here are 6 keys to mental health



    1. Make social connection a priority—especially face-to-face

    2. Staying active is as good for the brain as it is for the body

    3. Learn how to keep your stress levels in check

    4. Eat a brain-healthy diet to support strong mental health

    5. Don’t skimp on sleep—it matters more than you think

    6. Find purpose and meaning in life


    What is your company doing to support a good wellness and mental health environment for your employees?


    Wellness programmes are very popular and very successful but remember to look after the culture also and not just tick the box exercise from a HR or PR perspective. If you want to talk about other wellness activities like chair yoga or cooking workshops, contact sara@flowithme.com

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