At Catalyst, we’re supporting Time to Talk Day on Thursday 3 February, which is all about getting us talking about mental health.
Too often, mental health problems are treated as a taboo subject – something not to be talked about, especially at work.
However, mental health affects us all and we should feel able to talk about it. The more conversations we have, the more myths we can bust and barriers we can break down – helping to end the isolation, shame and worthlessness that too many of us feel when experiencing a mental health problem.
One in four of us will experience a mental health problem and nine in 10 say they have faced negative treatment from others as a result. By choosing to be open about mental health, we are all part of a movement that’s changing the conversation around mental health and ensuring that no one is made to feel isolated or alone for having a mental health problem.
As part of our ongoing commitment to this, we have an Employee Assistance Programme offering telephone-based support that is free and confidential for all colleagues. It also provides helpful online resources, including instant messaging with an information specialist or counsellor.
In addition, we have trained Mental Health First Aiders who can listen, non-judgementally and signpost to additional support. We’re planning to train more colleagues as Mental Health First Aiders this year to increase the number of people available to talk to.
Sioux Watchorn, Colleague Experience and Wellbeing Partner, said: “We want everyone at Catalyst to feel they can be open about their mental health and ask for support if they need it. Time to Talk Day helps us bring mental health to the forefront and highlights the importance of checking in on our colleagues and loved ones.
“It also helps to remind our colleagues of where they can go to for assistance including our own trained mental health first aiders and access to a 24-hour employee assistance phone line for themselves and their family members.”