This year’s Mental Health Awareness Week is fast approaching, taking place next week from 15-21 May. The theme for this year is anxiety – one of the most common mental health problems, along with depression. It is important to recognise the role that prolonged stress in the workplace can have on workers and their mental health.

A report by Deloitte estimates that the total annual cost of poor mental health to employers has increased by 25% since 2019, costing UK employers up to £56 billion a year. Whether you’re a small business or a large corporation, the law requires all employers to prevent work-related stress to support good mental health in the workplace by including it in your risk assessment.

HSE’s Working Minds campaign aims to help businesses and workers prevent work-related stress. Their Talking Toolkit provides practical step-by-step guidance in speaking to workers about preventing work-related stress.

When it comes to mental health, it’s not just the workforce that housing organisations need to think about. They deal with vulnerable residents on a daily basis with varying physical and mental health conditions. So, this Mental Health Awareness Week is a good time to re-evaluate policies and practices for how housing organisations communicate with and support residents with differing conditions and needs.

Mental Health Awareness Week was created by the Mental Health Foundation who have recently published some tips backed by research for how to protect our mental health.

At HQN, we’re running a number of events and training courses that aim to help our members with the mental health of staff and residents.

Events

Mental health and wellbeing – 23 May

Exceptional people – what does it mean to be neurodivergent – 11 July

 

Training

Three essential skills to sustain a healthy work, home balance and be more effective

Working effectively with hoarders

Dealing with mental health issues, substance abuse, suicidal behaviour – face-to-face and over the phone

Collecting with care 2023 – Mental health, housing income and rent arrears

Compassion fatigue

We want to know what our members are doing for Mental Health Awareness Week, so if you’ve got any interesting stories, press releases, or case studies, why not get in touch. Just email us at [email protected].