Our panel discussion about taking responsibility for mental health is now available on demand
To coincide with Mental Health Awareness Week (on Thursday 16 May), we hosted a live debate investigating what insurance providers, employee benefit consultants and third party services are doing to help keep employees happy and healthy in the workplace.
In the webinar we also hear from mental health expert, Matt Janes, who tells us all about the science behind stress and the biological connections between body and mind.
Drawing upon Simplyhealth's sticky note feedback from the COVER Mental Health Forum in March, during the discussion we explore how organisations can avoid box-ticking when it comes to wellness strategies; the importance of embedding cultural change deep within the DNA of companies and increasing employee assistance programme (EAPs) utilisation with the correct positioning of internal communications.
According to Simplyhealth's Pam Whelan, the recent CIPD report found that nearly three-fifths (58%) have seen an increase in reported common mental health problems, such as anxiety and depression, among employees over the past 12 months - only a small proportion have reported a decrease. Just one-in-10 (9%) have a standalone mental health policy for employees, while a further third incorporate mental health within another policy and one-in-five are in the process of developing a policy.
Matt Janes also gives us some fascinating insight into how we can all be a bit more mindful about nutrition and lifestyle, and how we can reduce stress, anxiety and depression by finding the right autonomic balance within ourselves.
Did you know that 95% of all serotonin is produced in our gut - meaning that only 5% is produced in our mind? And there are more neurons in our gut than a cat has in its brain!
Another key takeaway from the discussion is the need for employers to look at wellness holistically within workplaces, using health awareness dates on the calendar to help drive comms, while Matt's science is a reminder that we are only at the beginning of our journey as an industry, when it comes to understanding mind, body and overall wellbeing.
Please register (if you have not already) and watch the webinar in full for free HERE.
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