Be mindful of your mental health

21 January 2013
Alison Smith, the Purchasing CoachAn HR professional wrote a blog earlier this month as part of a series of reflections and resolutions. It was 43rd in a series of 45 and contained 766 words. But the repercussions of those 766 words have far outweighed the reaction to any of the other 44 blogs and 30,000 words put together. Why? Because the writer had the courage to put their head above the parapet, even if anonymously, to talk about mental health. Even though it is something that 25 per cent of people in any profession will be affected by, mental health is something we like to keep quiet about. It’s something we’re embarrassed to admit and hide at all costs. We don’t ask for help early enough for fear of the repercussions, despite the fact you would get treatment for a broken leg or flu immediately. If you’re a manager, if you suffer with mental health issues, or know someone who does, you may like to read this week’s blogs from The HR Juggler as they explore mental health at work further. There will be blogs from all sides – from those offering support, as well as from those with mental health issues.

You might also want to explore the support mental health charity Mind can offer. After all, you never know who is or who will become a member of the 25 per cent club.

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