This week was Mental Health Awareness Week, set up and run by the Mental Health Foundation. This week forms part of the foundation’s campaign to encourage the UK to further understand mental health, the impact it can have on us all, and what we can do to educate ourselves to be able to help others.

This blog is the first in a series in which I explore what’s happening in the corporate world with regards to mental health in the workplace. It’s becoming ever more apparent that organisations need to take a holistic standpoint on the wellbeing of their staff.

The Mental Health Foundation’s 2017 report found that 66% of people in work describe themselves as having a mental health problem. In November 2016, the foundation estimated that UK workers with mental health problems contributed to £226 billion to UK GDP last year.

“A clear distinction is often made between ‘mind' and 'body'. But when considering mental health and physical health, the two should not be thought of as separate.” Mental Health Foundation - Physical Health and Mental Health

Building a resilient team

Here at Interact, our people are our most important asset. With an approach to training that takes a forensic look at human interaction, it is only right that we explore the impact this work has on us.

To continue to build a more holistic support system, Interact has engaged a third-party organisation to deliver resilience training for a group of our associates exploring:

-    What wellbeing is and why it matters

-    How natural resilience is affected by personality

-    Spotting signs and symptoms of excessive pressure

-    Current pressures and wellbeing

-    Managing your own energy

-    Building resilience strategies

The day was insightful and engaging and provided our associates with an opportunity to take a step back and explore different techniques for building their resilience.

Keep an eye out for the second blog in this series: looking at the ways in which Mental Health First Aid can be of benefit to business.

Lucy Kent