For Mental Health Awareness Week, fraud paralegal, Megan, writes about the importance of mental health in the workplace.
It is important that we try to raise awareness for mental health and fight against the ongoing stigma. Ultimately, the stigma can prevent people from trying to seek the help they need, making them feel as though they have no one to turn to.
Many people experience struggles with their mental health daily.
In my own experience, watching somebody close to you suffer with their mental health is heartbreaking. However, deciding to open up has provided them with the mindset of “a problem shared is a problem halved”, and they are now on the right tracks to getting the support that they need.
We need to share the importance of “talking”, this can help you cope better and ensure people are able to support you. Stepping out your comfort zone and making that first initial decision to talk may feel daunting, but I can assure you it is the step in the right direction, and you will feel as though a huge weight has been lifted off your shoulders.
Fortunately, at CEL Solicitors we have many relaxing spaces where we are able to gather our thoughts and unwind. We’re also able to speak with our mental health first aiders. Good wellbeing is one of the main focuses within CEL.
The ways that we can have good mental health at work:
- Taking time away from your screen, whether that be going on a walk at lunchtime or here at CEL, taking part in a free PT session hosted by Tony
- Making use of safe spaces around the office
- Speak with a mental health first aider
- Using free mental health services – there are various helplines accessible to you
- Consistent communication is key – check on your colleagues see how their day is going
Ultimately, mental health is different for each and every person and it can affect people in various ways. However, talking with others can make you feel that little bit better!
Remember to always take time out of your day to make someone smile, you never know what struggles they may be facing.