It's official - workplace wellbeing makes commercial sense!
A recent study by the World Economic Forum, resulting in their Global Agenda on Mental Health 2014-2016, concludes that a mental health issue is not a lack of morality or of weakness, and outlines how organisations benefit both financially and in terms of economic engagement and motivation when practical steps are taken to support staff through difficulties and proactive measures are implemented to improve staff mental health awareness.
For many years, employers have acknowledged the benefits of promoting good physical health to their workforce, but increasingly, mental health is starting to appear on the agenda. It's easy to see the effect on work colleagues when someone comes into the office in a bad mood, but it's perhaps less obvious when a colleague is experiencing a slow and gradual decline into a state of depression.
However, the effects are real - not only on the individual concerned, but also on their colleagues; in terms of feelings of impotence (not knowing how to help), of guilt (not being able to help), of anger (if their workload increases because of someone else's lack of productivity or their absence) and in terms of general distraction. To address these issues, not only benefits not only benefits the affected individual and their line manager, but also all of their colleagues, and potentially, the profitability of the business.
For the small investment of only £50 per counselling session, an employer could avoid weeks of paid absence.
For a one-off fee of £450, a group of staff could learn about the most common mental health problems, how to identify if they are a colleague might be suffering from one of them, and most importantly, action they can take to reduce the effects of and manage such conditions or how to help a colleague in distress.
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When a person is overcome with fear or anxiety and is suddenly unable to function as they usually do, this is called a panic attack.
There are a number of psychological and physical symptoms, which may affect breathing and make you feel as though your life is in danger or that you are unable to cope. However, do not despair, as a number of treatments and coping mechanisms are available.
A panic attack may be a regular event for some people who have specific triggers, such as extreme stress, enforced change or social phobias. People who are generally anxious are more susceptible to panic attacks and a propensity to anxiety can often run in families, but others who have never had psychological challenges may also experience a panic attack. Major life events, such as bereavement, divorce, redundancy, marriage, and debt can trigger panic attacks in otherwise mentally healthy individuals.
Some of these symptoms can be so severe that the person believes they may be having a heart attack. If you do not suffer from panic attacks on a regular basis and are able to recognise your personal symptoms, it is important to ensure that a medical professional examines you in cases of chest pain or shortness of breath to rule out the possibility of a more severe medical problem.
Above all, know that you are not alone, and if you are unable to overcome your feelings of anxiety, contact a counsellor for help.
For further information about how CCC can help you to manage panic attacks, contact your nearest reception
According to the most recent survey of those who received counselling support from Cambridgeshire Consultancy in Counselling in 2016, yet again, clients have been pleased with the service they have received. Clients were asked to respond anonymously to questions about their counsellor and how they had helped them to address their problems. The survey asked clients to rate their experience in terms of:
In fact 92% of all those who responded said that they were either very satisfied or completely satisfied with the service they received. This represents a consistently outstanding service over many years as CCC has been providing counselling in the region since 1978.
Clients were also invited to comment freely about the service and care they received. Here are just a few:
All of the above comments came from clients whose employer had funded their counselling sessions as part of their staff wellbeing responsibility. Investing in counselling support for your staff reduces employee absence and strengthens company loyalty as well as providing a personal benefit to your team.
If your organisation would like to support your workforce, contact our Business Development Manager
In these challenging times, when many people feel under excessive pressure at work and in their home lives, it is essential that people feel able to talk to someone, who will help them to put their issues into perspective and give them the tools and confidence to make positive changes to improve their situations. CCC has worked with people in Cambridgeshire and the surrounding areas for nearly 40 years to enrich the lives of others, providing much needed support, either through their employer, or directly as a private client.
If you are an individual looking for support with any personal or work-related challenges, contact your nearest reception:
Cambridge - 01223 233047 or Peterborough - 01733 553166
If you are a qualified counsellor who would like to become a member and help CCC to continue to provide excellent support, we welcome you.