We know that around 1 in 4 of us will have a mental illness in our lifetimes, so why when there is such a high possibility of us being affected by mental illness, do we still find it so difficult to discuss and to act? Mental health is a huge part of our overall wellbeing and will depend on our personal circumstances at any given time. While many people are able to cope with the stresses and anxieties we face in everyday life, for others, their coping mechanisms can stop working or they simply become overloaded.
We know that mental health can be impacted by our working environment, as well as our external environment and individual circumstances. Businesses therefore have a critical part to play in seeing mental health as a shared responsibility. We can help to do this by creating an inclusive environment and at Anglo American we believe this must be one where everyone can bring their whole and best selves to work. We know that leadership and business commitment are critical enablers to develop and sustain an environment that supports a mentally healthy workplace for everyone, and this is why internally we have put in place a significant wellbeing offering.
This wellbeing approach helps to build the resilience of our colleagues along with the educational sessions provided to help prevent and respond effectively to the early symptoms, or changes in behaviour, associated with a decline in our mental health. Mental health first aiders and external specialist support are available for when we need to help restore a colleague’s health and wellbeing.
Our total commitment to the safety and wellbeing of all our people requires us to continually review, amend and implement, the mechanisms and support in place to protect current and future colleagues.
By partnering with Business Disability Forum, we can access the support we need as a business to continually evolve our knowledge and approach. This toolkit provides a platform to not only raise more awareness of mental health but to provide practical help to build resilience and understand the role and responsibilities we have to each other as human beings, as colleagues in the workplace and as an employer.
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