How are you? Many of us will answer ‘fine’, even when we’re not. Too often, mental health issues are treated as a taboo subject – something not to be talked about, especially at work.
Today is Time to Talk Day, a day when everyone is encouraged to have a conversation about mental health.
It’s easy to think there’s no right place to talk about mental health. But the more we talk about it, the better life is for all of us.
Here at the Co-op, we want all of our colleagues to feel they can be open about their mental health, and ask for support if they need it. So we’ve got tools to help you start the conversation. There’s our Mental Health Policy that explains the signs of mental health concerns and what support is available, and our Wellbeing Action Plans that we can all use to help us to stay mentally healthy at work.
We’ve also got our Employee Assistance Programme who you can call on 0800 069 8854 for help on dealing with mental health issues, including accessing counselling. It’s independent and totally confidential, and there’s no charge for Co-op colleagues. We’re also working on new colleague wellbeing support initiatives that’ll be announced throughout this year.
Mental health problems affect one in four of us yet people are still afraid to talk about it. For people with mental health problems not being able to talk about it can be the worst part of the illness. By getting people talking about mental health we can break down stereotypes, improve relationships, aid recovery and take the stigma out of something that affects us all.
So, tell me, how are you?
Director of Pensions, Reward, Benefits & ER