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about 2 years ago by Debbie Lloyd

World Mental Health Day

World Mental Health Day

Mental health issues in the workplace are common, especially depression, anxiety and problems related to stress. 

Research indicates that one person in four experiences some form of mental health issue in the course of a year, and estimates suggest that at least one in six workers experience depression, anxiety or stress-related issues at any one time. Throughout the course of any person's life, it is highly likely that they will either develop mental ill health themselves, or have close contact with someone who does.

A large part of our daily lives is spent at work, so chances are high that at some point we will encounter mental ill health in our staff, colleagues or ourselves.

Mental health in the workplace and the wellbeing of our employees is very close to our hearts at Meridian and we recognise that wellbeing affects both work life and life outside of work and therefore, to be fully engaged and enjoy coming to work every day, people need to achieve a healthy balance between the two. Looking after our people’s wellbeing is extremely important to us, so we try and do this in a number of ways.

All of our directors and managers are trained in mental health awareness and we have two dedicated mental health first aiders that all staff can call upon. Employees and their families have access to an employee assistance programme which is a confidential helpline and counselling service, manned by trained counsellors, that offers advice and guidance on a vast range of topics including relationships, finances, legal matters and health concerns. We organise regular wellbeing activities for staff such as yoga, meditation and mindfulness sessions and pizza and massage days.

We recognise how important it is for people to have flexibility in their working lives and our managers are empowered to support ad hoc flexibility at team/branch level.  We also have a range of more formal flexible working arrangements in place such as reduced hours and staggered start and finish times.

The mental wellbeing of our temps is also very important to us; research has shown that the expansion of the so-called gig economy, where flexible patterns of employment are more common, is leading to a rise in mental health issues in temporary workers. With this in mind, we have created a page of useful mental health resources on our website that both our employees and our temporary workers have access to.

Please click here to access our useful mental health resources.