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Tech and Mental Health for Business

 

70 million work days are lost each year in the UK – at a cost of £2.4 billion – due to mental health issues. An estimated 1 in 4 adults will suffer with mental health issues at some point in their lives – and most people will know or care for someone who has one, even if they are unaware of it.

 

It’s more important than ever at the moment that employers are able to check in on their staff, and that employees feel able to have open and honest conversations about anything they may be struggling with. Some businesses that have put systems in place to help combat stress and tackle mental health issues among their staff have seen great success, not only with productivity but with employee loyalty.

 

Understanding, compassion and support can go a very long way.

Technology often gets a bad rap when it comes to mental health. We’re urged to put down our phones and devices, and get off our PCs and laptops. While there’s some sense in that, it’s important to remember that technology isn’t inherently bad for us, but rather that the way we use it can be. Used properly, technology can be incredibly useful to help manage and improve our mental health, especially at the moment, when we’re separated from others under lockdown.

Over the next few weeks, we’ll be looking at some of the popular apps and technology that are available to help people track and manage their mental health. Many of these apps and suggestions will be useful to pretty much everyone – Stress is something that affects everyone, from all walks of life, at some point in our lives, and is likely to affect our colleagues or loved ones too.

Some of the apps and tech we’ll be looking at include:

  • Activity trackers,
  • Mood-tracking apps,
  • Apps and services such as Calm, Headspace, Happify and others,
  • Websites and other online resources to help support those with mental health issues.

We’re all in this together, and technology can be an invaluable part of our toolkit for helping ourselves and others to cope, or even thrive, during these turbulent times.

 

Please note: our blogs are not intended as a substitute for medical advice; if you are concerned about your own mental health or that of a friend, colleague or family member, please contact your doctor or the NHS helpline on 111, or, in an emergency, dial 999.

 

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