This is Mental Health Awareness Week – the focus this year is on body image, specifically how we think and feel about our bodies. Recognising that body image and self-esteem are both closely linked to our mental health, the Mental Health Foundation has chosen to explore the multifaceted topic of body image across gender, age, sexuality and ethnicity – placing particular emphasis on how and why we should be kinder to our bodies.
At Careys, we are aware of the troubling statistics which state that, each year, one in four individuals are likely to experience mental health problems. To help mitigate this, we provide an open, supportive forum where our employees can voice any difficulties they might be experiencing. We strive to support and aid them every step of the way in their recoveries.
We need to remove any potential stigma around mental health, as we all have it. Sometimes it’s good, other times it’s bad. Talking about it openly reduces the size of the elephant in the room and with the support we have within Careys, together we can turn the elephant into a mouse. The most important thing to know is that you’re not alone and I would implore us an as industry to talk about mental health.
Our Employee Assistance Programme provides a 24/7 free and confidential counselling service for all our employees and their family members, on a variety of different matters – from issues in the workplace to personal concerns. Offering practical advice and professional counselling on a wide range of problems, the Employee Assistance Programme has proven to be a valuable tool.