According to a recent survey by mental health charity, Mind, half of all employees are affected by poor mental health. Work often preoccupies us far beyond the expected work hours, and its impact can be damaging. But while awareness of issues of stress and anxiety has risen, it’s not always easy to know where to start when it comes to finding the right help.
Mental health ‘gym’ Sanctus work directly with businesses to help open up these kinds of conversations. Last month, the team released The Sanctus Directory of Mental Health Services and Professionals. Designed to help anyone find the right help, support, organisation or practitioner for them, it lists everything from phone lines to shelters, counselling options, therapists and more. On top of that, it also works as a dictionary, explaining treatment options – or simply what a therapist is and does – in plain terms. Today, on World Mental Health Day, we speak to Rose Scanlon-Jones, Sanctus’ community manager, who tells us more, and shares some simple first steps that anyone can take to improving their mental health at work.