Today, 7th February is Take Time To Talk Day urging people to, however you do it, make a conversation about mental health.
The day has been championed by Time To Change as a growing movement of people changing how we all think and act about mental health problems. Mental health problems affect one in four of us, yet people are still afraid to talk about it. Time to Talk Day encourages everyone to talk about mental health.
This year’s Time to Talk Day is all about bringing together the right ingredients, to have a conversation about mental health. Whether that’s tea, biscuits and close friends or a room full of people challenging mental health stigma, we want you to get talking. However you do it, make sure you have a conversation about mental health this Time to Talk Day.
How LID Business Media is supporting Time To Change
Sometimes striking up a conversation about Mental Health and Wellbeing can be difficult. A prop or tool can be a great way to start a conversation in a natural way. The Wellbeing Book by Andrew Sharman is a great way to initiate these conversations whether it is at home, at the office, or with a stranger. Simply, by handing someone a book on the topic of mental health and wellbeing can be a kind gesture and break the ice.
We are using The Wellbeing Book as a tool to talk more about mental health and wellbeing in the office, and we suggest you should too.
The real purpose of this littel book, is to bring the mind body and soul back into balance and alignment; to help you explore simple ways to navigate and map your life, enhance your eergy, boost your wellbeing, manage stress and enjoy a happier, longer and more fufilling time on this planet. – Andrew Sharman
Let’s look at the facts
Nearly 50% of employees with a current health condition feels that it affects their ability to do their job. And a report by the Institute of Leadership & Management concludes that only two in every employee are working at peak performance.
In the UK, 131 million working days are lost every year to sickness absence – that’s almost five days for every worker. Musculoskeletal conditions (such as back and joint pain), coughs and colds and stress, anxiety and depression account for more than half of these days.
One in every four British workers has a physical health condition that has lasted more than a year. One in eight reports a mental health issue. Therefore it is still something that is not discussed openly and often hidden from employers.
Make a change
Use The Wellbeing Book to get people in your office, or at home, to talk about their mental health and wellbeing, and then maybe the disparity between 1 in 4 suffering from mental health issues and only 1 in 8 reporting it to their employer will begin to close.
About the book
As our lives get busier, boundaries between work and leisure blur, we spend less time thinking about what we’re putting our minds, bodies and souls through. This fast-living is resulting in a pandemic of ‘ill-being’: from general weariness and ‘feeling under the weather’, to prolonged bouts of sickness, lethargy and increases in stress, depression and mental health issues. The Wellbeing provides fast-acting, simple and effective ways to enhance energy and build resilience, cultivate emotional and physical wellbeing, manage stress and live a happier, more fulfilling life.
Andrew Sharman is a professor of leadership and culture at CEDEP, the European Centre for Executive Development in Fountainbleau, France, and also teaches at CalTech, the California Institute of Technology in the United States of America, and on post-graduate programs at the University of Zurich, Switzerland. He is Chairman of the Board of the Institute of Leadership & Management and holds non-executive roles for several NGOs and charities.
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