There are frequent reports about the current mental health epidemic in the UK and beyond, and the long-term impact this is having on the health of people, communities and the economy.
The Thriving at Work Report, commissioned by the Government in 2017, estimates the cost of poor mental health to the economy as a whole, is between £74 billion and £99 billion per year. What’s more, every year an estimated 300,000 workers are leaving their jobs on account of a mental health related issue.
There is an urgent need to combat the mental health epidemic sweeping our country – not just for the sake of the economy – but more importantly, for the happiness and wellbeing of millions of people.
Prevention is better than cure
The Mental Health Foundation states “Prevention is at the heart of what we do, because the best way to deal with a crisis is to prevent it from happening in the first place”.
Two of the most recognised preventative ways to manage the effects of stress are:
Participation in regular physical activity increases self-esteem and reduces stress and anxiety. There is an approx. 20–30% lower risk for depression and dementia, for adults participating in daily physical activity.
While research is still growing in this area, evidence has suggested the benefit of mindfulness to health and wellbeing, with results showing positive effects on several aspects of whole-person health, including the mind, the brain, the body, and behaviour, as well as a person’s relationships with others. Mindfulness has also shown to help with a number of conditions, including stress, and anxiety.
Business has a role to play
Now is the time for business to start looking at their approach to Corporate Wellbeing, to promote a better way of living for their people and a culture of positive health and wellbeing.
As a result of the work that we do at POINT3 Wellbeing, the people we meet and the people we were before we launched, we know that most of us don’t lead a sustainable lifestyle, and we underestimate the impact that this is having on our total health and wellbeing – mentally, physically and emotionally. The majority of people we talk to tell us they need ideas and inspiration and tips and tricks for leading a happier and healthier lifestyle.
We know that by taking a few simple steps, from one day to another, people can see improvements to their overall health and wellbeing.