A report from Health and Safety Executive (HSE) revealed that in 2017/18, stress, depression and anxiety accounted for 44% of all work-related ill health cases.

In addition, the Mental Health Foundation states that evidence suggests that 12.7% of all sickness absence days can be attributed to a mental health condition.

With mental illness affecting so many of us, we know how important it is to provide the right support at work.

As this week has been mental health awareness week, we’ve been offering our support in a number of ways, not just this week but throughout the entire year.

We recognise how important it is to support our employees’ mental health and wellbeing which is why we have a range of initiatives in place.

What did we do this week?

Earlier in the week, we invited a member of Mind to host a Mindful Employer Workshop to review what we’re currently doing to support positive and open conversations around mental health wellbeing and discuss ideas for what else we can be doing.

To highlight how even small actions can play a significant part in improving our work/life balance and general wellbeing, we had the first of many lunchtime walks this week too!

And today, we held a Mindfulness Meditation session at Yoga Hero on The Dock, encouraging staff to take some time out and learn some small meditation practices to help them free their minds and better deal with stress and overwhelming emotions.

Lots of this week’s activities will be continued throughout the year so we’re providing our team with as many opportunities as possible to think about and look after their mental wellbeing.

What initiatives do we have in place all-year round?

Employee assistance program

In collaboration with Health Assured, we offer an employee assistance program to provide our employees with the support they need to balance everyday life with the requirements of work and home which we recognise can create pressure for all of us.

This program is designed to help employees deal with personal problems that can adversely impact work performance, work and wellbeing. We can offer guidance and support on issues including:

  • Anxiety
  • Relationship advice
  • Bereavement
  • Family issues
  • Medical advice

Signed mindful employers charter

The Mindful Employers Charter is for employers who are positive about mental health and who are looking to build on best practice within their organisations to support those with mental illnesses.

As an employer we are committed to creating a supportive and open culture for our employees to talk about mental health and wellbeing.

Chosen charity

Leeds Mind is one of our chosen charities for this year and we have an Epiphany team who will be completing the Yorkshire Three Peaks on 18th May to raise money for the charity during Mental Health Awareness Week.

Leeds Mind helps to promote positive mental health and wellbeing and provides help and support to those who need it. Qualified mental health first aiders on-site

We have qualified mental health first aiders in our office. They are trained to listen, reassure and respond to anyone in the office who may be experiencing problems with mental health.

They are there to support employees by directing them to relevant support channels or helping to make work life easier.

Health cash plan

Through Simply Health, we are able to offer a health cash plan which offers cover for routine dental check ups or optical tests, as well as acupuncture and reflexology.

This is a way for us to promote general health and physical wellbeing which in turn has a positive effect on mental health.

These initiatives allow us to create a safe, open and supportive workplace for our employees to care for their mental health and offer advice and guidance where it is needed.