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Did you know, self-doubt is a common struggle many of us face daily. It affects our lives, and shapes our concerns about the future and our overall success.
This November, we’re shining a spotlight on the issue of Men’s Mental Health.
Unfortunately, there’s still a stigma surrounding men’s mental health, making it tough for men to seek help and speak up. It’s time we remember mental health conditions are not a sign of personal weakness, they’re health conditions just like any other.
In the UK males account for three-quarters of all registered suicide deaths (2021). If someone is feeling suicidal, talking to someone might be their first step towards seeking help.
So we’re inviting all our people to kindly share a doubt with us to show the relief speaking out can provide, and to offer support to each other.
The link will close on 14th November 2023. The doubts will be used anonymously to create a word map, showing how common some of the issues you might be facing are.
We hope that sharing your doubt will have a positive impact and encourage others to feel more confident in themselves.
Let’s create a safe environment where everyone feels comfortable expressing their feelings.
Some of our incredible team members have decided to participate in Movember this year!
Since 2003, Movember has funded more than 1,250 men’s health projects around the world, challenging the status quo, shaking up men’s health research and transforming the way health services reach and support men.
So, how about showing some love and support to our team and this wonderful cause today.
Let’s stand together for men’s mental health.
In support of World Menopause Day 2023, our aim is to bring attention to an often overlooked, yet significant aspect of women’s health. Menopause affects a vast number of women worldwide, and its impact extends to men as well. We’ve included some top tips on how to keep your heart healthy, a flyer with additional information supplied by the International Menopause Society and more.
Complete our menopause quiz to find out how much you really know about the subject. Please complete by Friday 20 October to be in with a chance of winning a £20 voucher!
To mark Mental Health Awareness Week 2023 our people took part in a number of invaluable wellbeing days and sessions across the UK. This year’s focus was anxiety and if you missed any of the content from the week we have detailed all the information below.
Your self-care daily checklist
Coping with anxious feelings
Interactive Stress Container
Mindful stretching break
Useful tips to help deal with anxiety
Try the S.U.M.O approach
In this informative video, HR Advisor, Sarah Heeley, discusses the Menopause and Andropause to help #breakthestigma and normalise conversation within the workplace.
78.5% of our workforce are women, with the average age of our female employees being 44. The menopause is something that will be affecting a large proportion of our staff at any given time.
Making sure we support people appropriately at this stage of their life is important. Some people will not experience any symptoms when going through the menopause. For others it is a time when physical and psychological symptoms might affect their normal day to day activity and work. In those cases it is important that we all understand that there is help available.
A culture of awareness is just as important as physical adjustments. It is surprising how little most of us know about the menopause and its physical and psychological symptoms. The Managing Menopause at Work Policy aims to improve understanding across the organisation and to provide an open work environment where our employees feel they can ask for the help they need.
Managers should be careful not to assume that issues a person is experiencing are related to menopause. There are many things that can impact on an employee’s experience at work and individuals should be able to ask for support in any situation when it is needed.
Menopause is a normal life event for women and we want people to feel able to ask for the support needed without feeling embarrassed or uncomfortable.
No one should experience any unfavourable treatment because of symptoms they are experiencing or because adjustments have been made. We expect all employees to conduct themselves in a helpful and open-minded manner, as defined by our Respect at Work Policy and Respect at Work Pledge.
Every woman’s experience of menopause will vary and the adjustments that might be needed will depend on an individual situation. However, we encourage employees to consider and discuss with their line manager any practical measures that may help in the workplace.
During the menopause, which can last a number of years, women experience a range of symptoms from sleep disruption and hot flushes, to psychological issues such as increased anxiety, mood swings and memory loss.
We encourage employees to consider the support we can offer to help manage symptoms through workplace adjustments. Examples could include having easy access to toilet facilities or having storage space available for personal supplies. Adopting flexible working practices such as changing start and finish times can also help for example if a woman is experiencing sleep issues.
Managers need to be approachable and willing to have a sensitive discussion about the menopause. There is a template in the policy that gives prompt questions to help an employee and a manager with this discussion. Our Menopause Policy also provides guidance on reasonable adjustments that can help employees feel supported at work.