By Aisling Barnes, Early Careers Manager at Clyde & Co.
During this challenging time, many people will be feeling heightened anxiety and uncertainty as we find ourselves working in increasingly difficult situations, and largely cut off from our typical social interactions.
As an LGBT+ Ally and a Mental Health First Aider, I feel very strongly that we need to think, treat and talk more about our mental health in the same way we do our physical health. On average, people spend approximately 13+ years of their lives at work and it is vital that your workplace takes an active role in discussing mental health because one in four people experience mental health issues.
My top tips to ensure the workplace is supporting mental wellbeing are:
1). Create an inclusive environment
2). Facilitate open honest communication
3). Be flexible
4). Encourage work-life balance
5). Remember and remind employees "There is no health without mental health"