With around one in four of us in the UK experiencing a mental health issue each year, watch our webinar so that we can keep talking about stress and how to manage it.
Stress Awareness Month was in April and Mental Health Awareness Week has now been and gone. We’re lucky that we get the opportunity to help so many great people with managing stress at work through our interpersonal skills development, but we want to do our bit to keep the momentum and the debate going.
For those of you who don’t know me, I have a bit of a pet peeve when I’m in the steam room at my gym and people have the audacity to talk in there(!). I’m not talking about considerate hushed tones…I’m not totally unreasonable…but when it’s a loud conversation that we’re all forced to listen into.
I was in there recently, on my own at first which was bliss. Then two men came in and – you guessed it – they started their conversation.
‘Oh great’, I thought. Here we go, my bet is on football (which, each to their own but is probably at the end of the list of things I’d pick).
One of them began to talk about how low he had been feeling last year. So much so that he felt he had to cut himself off from his circle of friends until he had, as he put it, ‘sorted out what was going on in his head.’
The other man listened and showed concern and told him how he’d noticed things from his point of view and how he wished his friend had opened up sooner so that they could help him.
I left them to it at that point. It wasn’t that I felt awkward listening – after all, I have ears and they clearly didn’t have an issue with me hearing them, and why should they?
But I did come away thinking how great it was. I couldn’t remember the last time I heard such an open and honest conversation between two friends about something so important and life-changing.
Isn’t that a sorry state of affairs though? That I couldn’t remember the last time. We need to talk about this issue so much more than we do right now.
With the World Health Organisation labelling stress the health epidemic of the 21st century and a recent estimate of £6.5billion cost to the UK economy each year from work-related stress, it’s an issue that needs to be talked about.
Find out some more detail of what we cover here or you can watch the webinar straight away by clicking ‘Watch Now!’ below.
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