Today is ‘R U OK’ day, a national campaign which aims to inspire and empower everyone to meaningfully connect with people around them and support anyone struggling with life.
It’s time to check in with colleagues, friends and family members and ask if they are OK. Listen to their response and don’t just take ‘fine’ for an answer.
Offering a friendly conversation can be the difference in someone feeling like a burden or a valued member of society. 1 in 4 people experience some form of mental health condition in their lifetime. This includes depression, anxiety and suicidal thoughts.
Mental health issues can arise due to a large range of factors and do not discriminate by age, race, gender or religion. They are often caused by external pressures or the perception of pressures and need a team of people to help with. CBM is working to alleviate some of these pressures for our employees.
Workplace stress is a major risk factor for anxiety and depression.
CBM is working to combat this for employees by offering flexible working conditions and hours. This includes individual start and finish times to coincide with personal commitments. There is also a scheme in place granting additional leave in recognition of extra hours worked to get the job done and generous long service leave provisions.
Feeling unwanted and easily replaceable is also another issue affecting mental health.
CBM is working to combat this by offering professional development to provide opportunities for personal and professional growth, as well as career counselling and Employee Assistance Programmes (EAPs) for employees who would like to talk to professionals.
It’s not just time spent in the office that is important to us.
CBM recognises the importance of looking after colleagues when they are unable to work and offers unlimited personal/ carers leave after 12 months tenure, for serious illness, as well as paid parental leave.
Your mental health matters and if you need urgent professional support contact your local doctor or a professional agency.