From 10th-16th May, networx will be joining organisations nationwide in support of Mental Health Awareness Week. This annual event provides an opportunity for the whole of the UK to focus on achieving good mental health, as despite the fantastic work of charities and organisations nationwide, 9 out of 10 people with mental health challenges in the UK still suffer stigmatisation and discrimination.

At networx we are proud to be raising awareness and reducing the stigma. Our managers have all recently completed a Mental Health Awareness for Managers course to ensure they have the knowledge and are empowered to guide and support the wider team. This is just one part of a wider suite of initiatives at networx, including partnering with Leeds Mind to offer an employee support line, flexible working and internal team activities such as fundraisers and quizzes for team building.

Rob Baker, Training Manager comments, “Having a better understanding of mental health can only ever be a good thing.  So it was right that all of the managers went on a course to be able to better support any of the staff (and each other) should they need it.  We don’t always know what struggles and tribulations our colleagues are having, but the course we attended has given us tools, techniques and information on what to look out for, and more importantly, what we can do to help, even if that is as simple as just listening.”

Alongside supporting our internal team, we understand that our wider HR and talent acquisition community plays a large role within raising mental awareness. HR and recruitment teams hold a lot of responsibility in developing an inclusive and understanding working environment. To continue the conversation and shed light on inspiring initiatives, we have recently partnered with Leeds Mind, The Regenda Group and Chasing the Stigma on our podcast, The Talent Exchange. Discussions around managing workplace wellbeing and developing educational programmes to empower colleagues at all levels have sparked great conversation and insight.

Raising awareness of having a healthy and positive mental outlook not only provides a better environment and support for the health of your teams, but further ensures greater productivity, a reduction in recruitment costs and mitigates sickness absence. Stress and other mental health problems are the second biggest cause of workplace absence, accounting for an average of 70 million lost working days every year. Mental health awareness is no longer a nice to have, but a necessity for the modern working world.

For more information on how employers can show their support with initiatives such Mental Health Awareness Week and how you can positively encourage great candidates through the way in which you recruit, check out our latest article.

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