According to HM Government, at any one time roughly one in six of us is experiencing a mental health problem. It is often a reaction to a difficult life event, such as bereavement, but can also be caused be work-related issues.
A staggering 300,000 people with a long-term mental health problem, are known to fall out of work every year.
We also have to face the fact that mental health problems are estimated to cost the economy £105 billion per year. The good news is that employers who improve their management of mental health at work can cut staffing costs by about a third.
Mental health is everyone's business
Good mental health and resilience are fundamental to physical health and work, enabling employees to achieve their potential. If we are to improve people’s mental health and wellbeing, everyone needs to play their part, including employers.
Ensuring people can access the support and treatment they need is crucial, but it also means doing more to tackle stigma and improve attitudes to mental health across the whole of society – including businesses.
For people with mental health problems, not being able to talk about it can be one of the worst parts of the illness. So by getting people talking about mental health we can break down stereotypes, improve relationships, aid recovery and take the stigma out of something that can affect us all.
- 54% percent of people say they are impacted most by stigma in their place of work
- 35% of people think they would be less likely to get promoted if they had depression
It is perhaps not surprising, therefore, that less than half of employees say they would feel able to talk openly with their line manager if they were suffering from stress, and that only 11% of employees have discussed a recent mental health problem with their line manager.
How we can help
Scientific research shows that drawing enhances mood. As a positive mood generates creative and cognitive processing, drawing activities prime participants for high-level engagement, insight and problem-solving.
Using a range of visual and evidence-based techniques, our sessions are designed to:
- create an environment of enhanced and open communication
- enable participants to visually ‘see’ the perspectives and ideas of their colleagues
- support and strengthen team cohesion and well-being
- identify key themes and issues
- focus discussion and dialogue
- provide a visual record that can be returned to and re-explored
Although the workshop activity involves drawing, artistic skills are not required.
Each session is designed to address the specific needs of the team or organisation, but common themes include:
- identifying and aligning purpose
- defining direction
- identifying areas of challenge and opportunity
- communicating and clarifying working styles, skills and roles
- supporting and strengthening team cohesiveness
These workshops are also available as one-to-one sessions to clarify purpose, identify and reframe personal blocks, and generate meaningful and workable solutions.
Evidence of the health benefits of engagement with the natural environment is also very well documented:
- Promotes mental & physical health by providing psychological relaxation & stress alleviation
- Reduces neural activity in the subgenual prefrontal cortex which alleviates symptoms of depression
- Immune systems benefit from direct exposure to natural environments
We offer mindful walks in nature where we use a broad group of techniques to improve an individual’s mental or physical health, specifically with an individual’s presence within nature or outdoor surroundings.
“Smile, breathe, and go slowly.”
Thich Nhat Hanh