There is a social revolution on the horizon. It is the rise of motivation, positivity and mental health awareness.
With this revolution, we are becoming more supportive of one another, compassionate towards mental health issues and open-minded to the fact that everyone is unique.
Have you noticed a rise in the attitude or mindset changes of the people around you?
Did you know that your mindset can dictate how your days, weeks and months go? Well, it does.
If you think back to a time you were driving and another driver on the road was not driving to the standard that you would expect from anyone that possesses a driving license. That behaviour could either make your blood boil, or you could think nothing of it. This is where your mindset comes in.
Now imagine the lead up to this driving experience. I'll give you 2 examples;
- You have had a wonderful morning, you have enjoyed your morning routine of meditation, a nice cold shower and a wholesome breakfast. You have also organised yourself to leave with enough time to factor in traffic to make sure you arrive at your destination on time.
- You have woken up slightly hung over, you didn't have enough time to get breakfast so you are hungry, luckily you did manage to swish a toothbrush around your mouth saving everyone from the dreaded morning breath! But you are running late.
With each of these examples, you will experience the same trouble in your journey, but most likely you will react to it quite differently.
Thinking about that should help you to realise how much power you have over your life and the way that you experience it.
I won't be able to fix all of your problems with this short blog post but hopefully, it will be a reminder that the small decisions that you make every day contribute to how your future will be. And as a result of your decision making, you will affect how the people around you experience life with a positive ripple effect (if you make good choices).
We have now got many companies that offer mental health first aid training as well as charities that support people and raise awareness of mental health issues.
As a human being who is part of society, you are already playing a part of the revolution just by being here at Bee-Key. You can continue educating yourself on mental health issues and strategies for good mental health for yourself and as a way to support those around you. Have a look at these statistics below to find out just how serious this topic is.
- Mental health problems are one of the main causes of the overall disease burden worldwide.1
- Evidence suggests that 12.7% of all sickness absence days in the UK can be attributed to mental health conditions.2
- Better mental health support in the workplace can save UK businesses up to £8 billion per year.3
- 4-10% of people in England will experience depression in their lifetime.4
If you are interested in learning more about what you can do, from improving your working environment to volunteering and mental health education please contact us and we will enjoy opening a discussion about you, your changes and the social revolution.
- Vos, T., et al. (2013) Global, regional, and national incidence, prevalence, and years lived with disability for 301 acute and chronic diseases and injuries in 188 countries, 1990–2013: a systematic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study. The Lancet. 386 (9995). pp. 743-800.
- ONS. (2014). Full Report: Sickness Absence on the Labour Market, February 2014. Retrieved from webarchive. nationalarchives.gov.uk/20160105160709/http://www.ons.gov.uk/ons/dcp171776_353899.pdf [Accessed 28/07/16].
- Sainsbury Centre for Mental Health. (2009). Briefing 40: Removing Barriers. The facts about mental health and employment. Retrieved from ohrn.nhs.uk/resource/policy/TheFactsaboutMentalHealth.pdf
- McManus S, Meltzer H, Brugha T, Bebbington P, Jenkins R (eds), 2009. Adult Psychiatric Morbidity in England 2007: results of a household survey. NHS Information Centre for Health and Social Care. [online] Available at: http://www.hscic.gov.uk/pubs/psychiatricmorbidity07 [Accessed 25 Aug 2015].