Why mental health is just as important as physical health
Posted by Becky Gulliver, Lead Employee Relations Consultant
Mental health awareness is about ensuring we are all comfortable with our mental health being a part of our everyday health and well-being.
Here at LV= we want our people to thrive in an environment where they feel they can bring their whole self to work. Our mental health doesn’t always stay the same. It can change, depending on circumstances or as we move through different stages in our lives. If times get difficult, it’s important employees know where they can access support if they need it. It’s important we’re able to give people the opportunity to have conversations on the subject of mental health and make it easier to open up to someone if you need to.
Thriving at work
At LV= we don’t just want our people to feel ‘ok’; we want them to feel great, we want them to flourish. So we’re doing all we can to give our people the support, knowledge and tools to look after their health. During Mental Health Awareness Week we explored how to thrive with good mental health and what steps we can all take to look after ourselves by building resilience to cope with the demands of life, and we’re going to keep up the discussion on these topics.
We have a well-being programme in place, which is well established with people from around the business engaged and wanting to help others. We have a wealth of tools, resources and support online for our employees. We have a confidential Employee Assistance Programme in place which is available to employees 24/7 as well as a range of benefits that help to encourage a good work-life balance and take care of their whole self.
We also have a lot of support on this topic from our senior leaders who actively partake in the discussion and highlight articles and events that people may find helpful. We’ve welcomed external speakers to LV= to discuss mental health, including Dr Cinzia Pezzolesi a clinical Psychologist, Mindfulness Therapist and Senior Lecturer on Mental Health and Wellbeing at Hertfordshire University who ran some really successful mindfulness sessions.
There’s a wealth of information at the Mental Health Foundation and MIND, while the NHS has a really useful article on five steps to wellbeing, highlighting the importance of connecting, being active in life, continuing to learn, giving to others and being mindful. Personally, I believe mindfulness is a really useful tool and offers important headspace. I think it’s all about equipping yourself and balancing your stresses with ways that work for you and enable your bouncebackability – that’s an important concept to me.
At LV= we want to do all we can to support our people to live happy, healthy lives. If you have any questions, concerns or anything you’d like to raise on this topic, I’d be happy to talk to you about it so please get it contact with me at Rebecca.firstname.lastname@example.org