Mental Health Awareness Month

Mental Health Awareness Month

Posted on: 
9th May 2022

Mental Health Awareness Month.

May is Mental Health Awareness Month and this year’s theme is loneliness.

The cost of loneliness to UK employers has been estimated to be £2.5billion every year, primarily due to increased staff turnover as well as lower wellbeing and productivity and ill health and associated sickness absence.


It is clear that as more and more staff return to the office and restrictions become a thing of the past, you might expect to see a drop in the levels of reported loneliness.


It is well established that working can and should be good for our mental health – people who are employed are less likely to report feeling lonely often or always, compared to those who are unemployed or economically inactive [Mental Health England].


Regrettably, even with the myriad of ways in which work has changed for us, we continue to hear stories of loneliness at home and in the workplace. Workplace loneliness refers to feeling disengaged and disconnected from work and peers. This lack of connection with peers can lead to feeling detached from an organisation and an increased risk of depression, anxiety or stress.


This year’s theme is loneliness and its effect on mental health following the pandemic. If need support, there are a host of organisations and charities that can support staff mental health. Charity Digital is a good source of information -


The Mental Health Foundation found that during successive lockdowns, loneliness was almost three times that of pre pandemic levels -].


Mental Health England are an excellent resource to support workplace managers by providing expert mental health training. MHFA uses the acronym 'ALGEE', which is a good tool for providing mental health first aid guidance: 1) Assess risk; 2) Listen non-judgmentally; 3) Give reassurance and information; 4) Encourage appropriate professional help; and 5) Encourage self-help and other support strategies.

Like any employer, all charities have a ’duty of care’ to their staff and volunteers. This means they must do all that they reasonably can to support the health, safety, and wellbeing of their staff. Supporting your staff makes economic sense, too, with Deloitte reporting a £5 return on every £1 an employer invests in their staff mental health.

Employee Assistance Programme?

Employee Assistance Programmes (EAP) are employee benefit programmes offered by many employers. EAP are intended to help employees deal with personal problems that might adversely impact their work performance, health and wellbeing. EAP generally include assessment, short-term counselling and referral services for employees and their immediate family - wherever they are in the world.

Frade, like many Charities have secured developed external diagnostic services, and we have secured an Employee Assistance Programmes (EAP) to provide staff, their families and volunteers with specialist assistance on mental health matters [see link:].


If you need help please speak up or seek help from the professionals,

who are only a phone call away.




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