This blog post comes from our CEO Peter Simpson, who is also chair of the Business in the Community Wellbeing leadership team.
Mental Health is everyone’s business. Mental health problems are on the increase, with one in four people experiencing some kind of problem this year alone. This means it‘s likely that someone you know is suffering from a mental health problem, but they just don’t know how to talk to you about it.
Today is World Mental Health Day and the theme this year is mental health wellbeing at work. As Chair of Business in the Community’s Wellbeing leadership team I know that it’s more important now than ever before for us to support our employees to manage their wellbeing and mental health, because healthy minds mean we can be at our best at work, rest and play.
I passionately believe that mental health should be treated the same as physical health. It’s so important for each and every one of us and vital for the performance of a company like Anglian Water. Supporting our employees to stay fit and well is not just vital for safety and productivity, it’s also the right thing to do as a responsible employer.
We know that our attitude towards mental health can make a very big and positive difference to our employees. We’re supporting World Mental Heath Day, by holding wellbeing breakfasts across the business to give our staff the chance to spend time talking to each other and break down the barriers around mental health. Because it’s only by talking that we can stop the stigma. Sometimes it’s these informal chats that really can make a difference.
Of course, it’s not just about one day. This is all part of our wider mantra and belief that work can have a very positive effect on mental health and wellbeing. That’s why all our employees have access to our ‘Life’ programme, to give them they tools to help with some of these more difficult conversations and signposting them to professional help should they need it.
Although we’re doing a great deal already, I’m committed to doing more. Employee wellbeing isn’t just a tickbox for business; a one-off campaign. It has to be a corporate ‘state of mind’.