The news today will be full of stories about mental health, aimed at raising awareness of this critical issue. Similarly, many companies will be running events to support employees’ mental health, encouraging them to feel comfortable disclosing their any issues and to seek support. This is all very laudable and forms an important part of the ongoing efforts to end the stigma of mental illness. However, mental health is not an issue for one day of the year alone. It is a whole year, whole company issue, which deserves to form a permanent part of the wellbeing agenda and which should not need a ‘business case’ to make.
So, what does that mean? Well, it starts with engagement. Not just at employee level, or line manager level, but at the most senior levels of a business. One good example of this is of António Horta-Osório, Lloyds Banking Group Chief Executive, who has been open about his struggles with his mental health (here is his piece in the Guardian Online from 1 May this year) Continue Reading