With the New Year bells distantly chiming and the proliferation of 'new year, new you' messages, it's important to take time and acknowledge that some things cannot, or don't need to be 'fixed' with resolutions or low-rate intro gym enticements.
The dialogue around mental health and wellbeing needs to step up a gear as the pressures of the festive season, back to work and/or 24 hour demands from technology are increasingly apparent.
Working with firms as part of the Managing Partners' Forum awards, we've seen some fantastic initiatives and leadership from firms that actively support their people with mental health matters.
This article explores some of the simple steps that firms can take to increase their engagement in this area and to support their most valuable asset - their people.
Even small steps toward creating a more accepting and receptive culture can have a significant, positive effect. We found that most people who were able to talk to someone at work about the issues they faced were met with a positive reaction (one of empathy, support, kindness) from the first person they told. These individuals reported decreased levels of stress, decreased feelings of isolation, and increased confidence.