World Mental Health Day has never been so important. This year many more people have been reporting difficulty with their mental health through the pandemic.
According to research by Mind of 16,000 people, more than half of adults (60%) and over two thirds of young people (68%) said their mental health got worse during lockdown. Many people have developed new mental health issues as a result of stress, anxiety and isolation.
A whopping 80% of Britons say that their mental health has been negatively impacted by working at home. Over a third (36%) of those surveyed by Nuffield Health said that being away from their colleagues has left them feeling unable to take a break or step away from their workstations, with many feeling they must always be ready to respond quickly from their computers.
Finding a work life balance has been more difficult because you are in your home, feeling you are always at work and cannot escape. This is causing people to ‘burn out’.
So What can we do about it?
Follow the link to see what Time To Change says: open up to mental health, to talk and to listen
Follow the links below for new ideas:
Create a divide between your work day and home life
Connect with colleagues in different ways
Find (and practice) new ways of relaxing
Focus on getting a good night’s sleep
But Above all talk- If you are vulnerable and need an advocate make a referral for Hear to Help