May celebrates mental health awareness, this year’s focus is on loneliness, as we saw with Covid 19 loneliness can have a major impact on our mental health.
According to Mind statistics show that 8 in 100 people have mixed anxiety and depression, 6 in 100 people have generalised anxiety disorder, 4 in 100 people have post-traumatic stress disorder, 3 in 100 people have depression, 2 in 100 people have phobias and 1 in 100 people have OCD.
It is important that you look after your mental health, this can include eating a healthy diet, taking part in exercise, meditation, reading, and enjoying leisure activities.
What can you do in the workplace?
Companies such as Google and Lego have invested in their employee’s mental health by encouraging time away from the desk, having mental health and wellbeing support within the office and ensuring that staff feel valued and supported.
Taking time out to talk to others about mental health can not only support staff but also reduce the stigma surrounding mental health and make it less of a taboo subject to be talked about.
If you have any concerns about your welfare, wellbeing or mental health please do talk to your tutor or reach out to the safeguarding team.