Employee Wellbeing and Mental Health
We know that one of the most common coping strategies is connecting with friends and family. Given that this is Mental Health Awareness Week, we are encouraging you to #SpeakYourMind and reach out to a colleague who needs a friend with a positive message and/or share with them your own tips for coping, and make sure they don’t have to face this pandemic alone.
For further details, have a look on the mind.org website: https://www.mind.org.uk/get-involved/mental-health-awareness-week/
Wellbeing and Mental Health at Home
During the coronavirus pandemic, you may find it hard to look after your mental health and wellbeing. For example, you may be working longer hours, be under pressure, have childcare responsibilities or find it difficult to cope with minimal social contact.
There is no right or wrong way to feel in your situation. But some common feelings may include stress or anxiety. That is very understandable and, as an Academy, we want to support you as much as we can. Therefore we encourage you to be open and transparent with how you are feeling.
If you already have a mental health problem, it’s particularly important to talk to your line manager or HR about how you’re feeling. They may be able to give you extra support.
To help support your wellbeing you can:
- stay in contact with people – talk to colleagues or friends about how you’re feeling
- have a routine so you plan in advance what you’ll be doing each day
- keep active and exercise – getting some fresh air will do wonders for your mind
- make time for activities you enjoy or find a new hobby or interest
- reflect on what helps you feel more positive and what does not
Support available through the Academy
Simplyhealth (our Healthcare plan) offer an Employee Assistance Programme through Health Assured, who offer confidential 24/7 telephone or online counselling, as well as an advice helpline on a range of issues (family, bereavement, disputes, coronavirus). The direct line to call is: 0800 975 3347
Mental resilience will be an important factor during this challenging time and as such I am also enclosing the details on how to download the EAP app. Click here for the instruction leaflet: Health Assured App
Mywellbeing also offers online discounts and offers discounts for a number of online gyms and classes (now accessed online) as well as discounts for purchasing home gym equipment.
All the details for the above can be found via your online policy, however attached is a marketing link here detailing the comprehensive list of telephone numbers, should you wish to use it.
Simplyhealth online can be accessed through the following link: https://www.simplyhealth.co.uk/sh/pages/policyholder/login.jsp;jsessionid=HjF4Y0xqHdoIt2wsEPBfkU5c.app4