Head of Content - SHP and Safety & Health Expo, UBM

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Charlotte Geoghegan is Head of Content for UBM’s Protection & Management portfolio, which includes SHP, Safety & Health Expo, IFSEC, FIREX, Facilities Show and Field Service Management Expo.

December 24, 2018

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Mental health and wellbeing: the most popular content of 2018

Here’s a round-up of the most popular mental health and workplace wellbeing articles published on SHP in 2018.

We’ve included the most popular month by month by page views.

January
January blues: SHP’s guide to helping workers beat the winter slump
Despite a lack of firm scientific evidence, there is some empirical research that suggests January is a particularly difficult time for workers.  Here is SHP’s guide to helping beat the mid-winter blues.

February
Half of British worker absence due to stress

A study of 3,000 British workers by employee engagement firm, Perkbox, revealed 59% of workers experienced stress – and only 9% said they never had work-related stress. In this article we look at the results in detail.

March

Trauma and suicide – a workplace issue?
The Healthy Work Company’s Heather Beach looks at suicide statistics, risk factors and aftermath. She also shares tips on proactive support and guidance for managers.

April

Fatigue in the workplace: why a good night’s sleep makes for a safer work environment
As organisations wake up to the impact that sleep deprivation can have on the workplace, SHP considers how fatigue can be managed in the workplace. Including four simple steps employers can take.

May

Work isn’t working for millennial mental health
Marking the start of Mental Health Awareness Week, a the UK’s biggest ever stress survey was released by the Mental Health Foundation, in partnership with Mental Health First Aid England. It showed that millennials feel most under pressure in the workplace.

June

The best people in your company could be suffering from depression – Ruby Wax on mental health
Ruby Wax delighted the Keynote Arena at Safety & Health Expo with a fascinating and entertaining talk about depression, stress and how we can learn to cope. Below is a video of a similar talk she gave.

 

July

Half of bosses not dealing with mental health effectively
A survey by the pensions and insurance consultancy Barnett Waddingham found that while 79% of bosses said addressing mental health within their organisation is a priority, just 47% of those asked feel they deal effectively with the issue.

August

Eight in 10 employees admit observing presenteeism in the workplace
Presenteeism from mental health alone is estimated to cost the UK economy £15.1 billion per annum, compared to £8.4 billion per annum for absenteeism. Following the findings, an HR expert provided SHP with insight into why presenteeism is becoming increasingly common.

September

Prince William launches new wellbeing programme website
The online gateway was designed to help companies improve staff wellbeing.

October

Sleep deprivation: counting the economic cost
The physical and mental health risks of not getting a good night’s kip have been well documented over the last few months, but is sleep deprivation also costing the British economy?

November

‘Right to roam’ in office makes for more productive workforce
Being able to both sit and stand in the office can create a happier, more productive workforce, according to a study carried out at University College London.

December (to date)
New mental health app for construction workers
The free mental health app provides vital information, advice and guidance on many wellbeing topics including stress, anxiety, depression, anger and suicidal thoughts.

Construction industry helpline logo

Workplace Wellbeing Show

Learn how to keep your workforce happy and healthy, and understand how to respond to the challenge of mental wellbeing in a brand new feature in Safety & Health Expo for 2019, featuring:

  • Wellbeing Theatre: for those FMs, HR professionals and H&S practitioners eager to improve the wellbeing of their workforces
  • Healthy Eating Café: promoting health eating in the workplace with salad boxes and delicious protein power bowls
  • Wellness Wall: experts from IWFM share ideas on how to encourage workplace wellbeing

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Surprise, surprise who would have guessed stress, fatigue resulting in presenteeism along with the repetitive stress injuries from MSD’s to the full range of potentially life-changing non-communicable diseases has now finally peaked the interest of employees beginning to recognise that denial of over-exposure to stressors is effectively “self-harming by carrying-on regardless” and verging on a critical mass, and increasingly, a public health burden on the state.