Friday, May 26, 2017

From surviving to thriving: Why the mental health of your employees matters - CITY A.M.

by Michael Cole-Fontayn
Originally published: May 25, 2017

ollowing Mental Health Awareness Week earlier in May, my thoughts turned to this year’s theme: surviving or thriving.

The theme marks a turning point in our approach, shifting from mental ill-health to exploring how we can cultivate emotional and mental resilience.

Many people will experience difficulty in their lives. Across Europe, one in four people have experienced at least one episode of psychological disorders in the past year.

For the financial services industry in particular, the intense working culture is well-documented and the statistics are stark. Jobs in the sector are 44 per cent more likely to lead to stress-related illnesses than the average job, according to the City Mental Health Alliance.