We’ve made our way into December and there’s only a couple of weeks until Christmas now. And while many are excited, some are facing the hardest months of the year ahead. Mental health issues can be exacerbated at this time of the year for a number of reasons, and it is important that employers provide support to workers experiencing those problems.
But on the day to day of a busy office, it can be hard to identify issues like those, so it is key to understand the most common conditions and its triggers and symptoms:
A known condition that is related to this time of the year is Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). SAD is triggered by the change of seasons, with shorter and darker days and colder weather and symptoms include:
In the UK, up to 6% of adults have ‘recurrent major depressive episodes with seasonal pattern’ – which means they experience symptoms so severe that these people are unable to work or function normally.
For those with a pre-existing mental health condition such as SAD or depression, things that seem simple, like joining in the fun of Christmas celebrations can generate a lot of anxiety – and when they feel unable to do so, it can create a feeling of isolation. The interruption of a regular routine can also worsen mental health disorders and with the Christmas break approaching that is a cause for concern too.
Ensuring employees feel supported if they are going through mental health challenges can boost engagement and loyalty to the company, enhancing staff retention (we have written about that on a previous blog post and on a whitepaper too), and here’s a few things you can do to help:
Through our Pay & Perks Mobile Portal, workers can access a 24/7 telephone counselling service and talk to certified professionals. The specialists can help them with a range of issues, from addiction to marital problems and more. The service is confidential and free of charge.employee benefits, Employee Engagement, Employee Welfare, Employee Wellbeing, Hive360 app, HR, Mental health, perks