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Supporting mental health #7 – COVID’s continuing cost

Posted on: November 19th, 2020 by Ginny Hallam

The latest figures predict that up to 10 million people will need mental health support as a direct result of the pandemic. Early recognition and action can support those who might otherwise have ended up as another statistic.

Here’s how you can help those who might be struggling to help themselves…

Keep your doors open – the government have clarified that those who need to attend work premises for ‘their mental health’ or ‘wellbeing’ may continue to do so. There’s a list of businesses which must remain closed (here) but if you don’t feature on the list, you can choose to keep your doors open for colleagues struggling with their mental fitness.

Stay connected – it takes hard work, organisation and commitment to stay connected remotely. Working from home can make colleagues feel isolated and disconnected. Click here for our ideas on supporting those working remotely. If you’re not working remotely staying connected is equally important – just because your doors are open doesn’t mean those employees attending work don’t have wider pressures and concerns outside of work.

Caring personally – making time for colleagues is different from catching five minutes with them at the end of a work call. Encourage managers to have a video call or a chat with their colleagues on a regular basis to see where their head is at and how they’re doing.

Promote holidays – it might not seem like the most exciting time to take annual leave but even during a lockdown it’s important that employees are encouraged to take a break away from work. Managers should understand that time off is genuinely time out – ensure they’re not treating holidaying employees as if they were at work.

Mental health webinar: 1 December 2020 / 10am

For further details on how to promote mental fitness during these challenging times, join us on our free mental health webinar at 10am on 1 December 2020. Click here to sign up.

Mental health toolkit

Promoting employee well-being and mental health creates a more engaged workforce, reduces sickness absence and drives performance. We’ve created a user-friendly toolkit providing you and your managers with the knowledge, skills and tools to support your team’s mental health needs within the wider employment law context. Click here to find out more.


This update is accurate on the date it was sent (24 November 2020), but may be subject to change which may or may not be notified to you. This update is not to be taken as advice and you should seek advice if anything contained within affects you or your business.