Supporting Staff With Mental Health Issues
An Executive Director who suffered from anxiety has helped to change the culture at Coutts
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Across the country 526,000* people suffer from work-related stress, anxiety or depression but many are afraid to talk about it, fearing that it will be seen as weakness by their managers.
Coutts is among the companies working to change perceptions of the issue and to support anyone facing mental health problems.
Miles Kean, an Executive Director who has recovered from an anxiety disorder that began during the financial crisis, is one of the people behind a new strategy to support anyone facing mental health issues at Coutts. He was treated privately three times before being referred to the Coutts occupational health team but then received cognitive behavioural therapy, got fit and returned to work for good.
After his recovery Miles was keen to promote the needs of any staff that suffer from mental health problems and was introduced to Mike Heyworth, another Executive Director with an interest in wellbeing. Together they created a strategy, gained the support of the board, and changed the way Coutts handles this sensitive issue.
An online hub has been created where information about wellbeing at work can easily be found. There are guides on subjects including mental health awareness, work-life balance, and how to eat well. The hub also features the this is me video in which staff members, including Miles, talk about their own mental health problems. Other videos feature board members discussing their approaches to work-life balance.
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Work-related stress affects 526,000 people across the UK and 12.5 million working days are lost because of it. At Coutts we are working hard to promote wellbeing among our staff and to support any who are struggling with mental health issues.