This year the theme for Mental Health Awareness Week is Kindness.

The coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak has changed life as we know it and it’s a new situation for all of us to deal with.

During these times of uncertainty, it’s absolutely OK to feel worried or stressed about what is happening and how it’s affecting our lives, as well as our loved ones. It may be that someone lives on their own and they feel isolated from friends and family or they might be feeling sad by what is happening but there are steps that can be done to help take care of mental health and wellbeing.

Remember, this situation is temporary and, for most of us, these feelings will pass.

As an employer there are things that you can do to help your employees during these times.

• Check in with staff regularly and ask how they are
• Use technology to keep in touch i.e. Zoom, Microsoft Teams
• Encourage staff to use company support tools that are available
• Make sure your staff maintain a positive work/life balance
• Stay mindful and show understanding and compassion for working parents who are may be struggling with different roles
• Encourage staff to practice self-care with a healthy routine of diet, sleep and relaxation

Helping your employees to have good mental health should be a key part of your wellbeing policy.

Do you have a wellbeing policy? We have a wealth of experience in helping clients.

If you would like further information, please contact Helen Straw at The Personnel Partnership for a friendly and informal chat on 07808 064099.