It has been a few months since the Mind Matters team connected with delegates who attended the 2020 Health & Wellbeing at Work conference in Birmingham. The conference now seems a world away in terms of time, change, adaptive learning and imagery like that of Dame Carol Black’s keynote address in this post – a gathering of people who would now endanger our health and would impose a heavy fine!
We met some of our contacts at previous health and wellbeing at work conferences when the 2020 experience would have been something we would only have faced in the movies or in our nightmares. We all weathered the storm of the Covid-19 pandemic, albeit in different boats, and we hope that all of you have been able to stay safe and sound during this time.
The clients Mind Matters works with currently face a variety of challenges, whether it be helping them work at home healthily, managing health during and after the restructuring and redundancy risk, helping “vacation” workers return to work or Assisting the workforce in addressing the various other challenges they face related to the virus. Employers need to consider how to deal with the consequences of unhelpful coping behaviors, including increased alcohol consumption, addiction, and other related risks, such as: Health and safety. The needs of our workforce have changed dramatically and quickly. As you will see in this graph that the Center for Mental Health produced from recent research, the future prospects for our “mental health need” are not looking bright.
Mind Matters urges communities, schools and societies in the workplace to act now to “smooth” the mental health curve early on. Poor mental health is not inevitable, even after a global crisis like Covid-19. We can maintain, manage and improve it through effective early intervention, by meeting the needs as early as possible in order to reduce the need and the risk of crisis later, and of course the financial and societal costs of failing to meet the needs. Whether you are a clinical professional, service officer, employer, employee, volunteer, or community worker, YOU have the option to shape the curve just as we were all asked to, the curve of Covid-19 to smooth.
Mind Matters continues to provide mental health and suicide prevention training to a range of diverse communities nationally and globally. We can offer these both online and in person (where social distancing measures can be achieved and risk effectively managed), and we can offer both internal and open courses for individual delegates. As a company, we have adapted to the needs of our customers and kept our employees safe and healthy. We have expanded our portfolio of online training courses and we would like to share with you the details of a newly launched course called i-ACT (for Positive Mental Health) Online Training for Managers and Employees / Frontline Employees. The i-ACT courses have also been accredited by the Royal College of Psychiatrists for the past two weeks, adding to their credibility as a great measure in flattening the “mental health need” curve