Mental Health is a big issue for us all. Scary statistics are fired at us every day but some stick out more than others and they are usually to do with Mental Health.
A taboo subject for far too long, it is thanks to our two Royal Princes and the Duchess of Cambridge who support a number of Mental Health campaigns and charities that Mental Health and Wellbeing is now receiving the attention it rightly deserves.
Which is a relief because at any moment, over 15% of people in the UK workforce are suffering with mental distress. That’s one in six people struggling – often silently – to get through their workday.
Psychologist Kerry Daynes who is a leading speaker and writer on a vast number of psychological issues is often asked to address employees to help shake off the stigma of mental illness which covers anything from depression to desperation. And it is affecting companies and organisations all over the UK and beyond because it can affect anyone at any time and at any level.
Kerry offers interesting and interactive talks, workshops, longer courses and Q & A sessions which are designed to raise awareness of wellness issues in the workplace and encourage improvement in the mental health and happiness of individuals and whole organisations. When employers are open about mental health issues, they help their staff’s psychological and social wellbeing.
And the business enjoys five clear benefits:
1. Work becomes a happier place to be, which helps them attract the best talent.
2. Staff become much more motivated and their work output improves.
3. Your best people stay loyal to both you and your business, reducing staff turnover.
4. Employees take fewer days off with mental distress.
5. You enhance your overall business reputation.
Participants leave the sessions better able to:
1. The importance of focusing on their mental wellbeing at work.
2. Contribute to a positive culture around mental health.
3. Apply basic techniques to improving their mental wellbeing.
4. Appreciate the importance of maintaining a healthy work-life balance.
5. Develop resilience by thinking more rationally and positively about stressful situations.
Kerry Daynes has worked as a psychologist and forensic psychologist all her working life, working for private clinics and HM prison service amongst others. She has also been stabbed by a mentally ill patient and been stalked for six years so she understands her science from both a professional and personal stand point. She appears regularly on TV as both a commentator, broadcaster and presenter. Her latest series for the Discovery Investigation will be aired early in the New Year (2019)