“by age 30, 90%of workers will have had some experience of mental health challenge be that in their own right, with someone in the family, or with a colleague or friend.”
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This Can Happen (TCH ) https://www.tchevents.com/ was launched in 2018 and is aimed at advancing workplace mental health. This is the most recent report from Accenture (link below) who have partnered with TCH to develop robust research programmes. It was published to coincide with the 2019 This Can Happen conference held on 25.11.19
Graham Mccartney of Jonathan’s Voice was interviewed by Sky news regarding some of the outcomes of the report and was also very pleased to participate in a panel discussion, together with David Hammond of Haseltine Lake Kempner as part of the conference programme.
This report focuses on the mental health of young people in the workplace. It provided a useful insight into the difficulties that young people face, together with strategies to promote mental wellbeing. It aids the reader with helpful case studies and is underpinned with statistical data. In particular the report identifies that supporting the mental health of younger workers, must start with organisational culture.
It is interesting to note that statistics indicate that by age 30, 90%of workers will have had some experience of mental health challenge be that in their own right, with someone in the family, or with a colleague or friend. Young people perceive that they are under more pressure than their older colleagues.
The key to supporting and promoting mental wellbeing is based on providing a strong workplace culture of support and openness including achieving a work/life balance and an environment where it is safe to raise concerns. Sadly, this research identified that fewer than half the respondents felt there was a real programme to support their mental health.
The report concludes by identifying three steps that organisations could take to build a positive work place culture of supporting mental health:
1) Start at the top, focus on leaders: implement the recommendations
from Stevenson-Farmer review
2) Fill in the knowledge gap: give people language to express how they feel
3) Co create and tailor solutions: measure the impact
The report concludes with clearly Identifying there is a need for more research and
cultural change to organisations that can make a significant difference to mental health wellbeing.