ONE in four of us experiences a mental health problem.
We all have periods when we may feel unhappy, stressed or worried and most of the time those feelings pass. But sometimes they develop into a more serious problem, and that could happen to any one of us.
Mental health problems are very common, the key causes being work difficulties, relationship issues and money worries.
With over 500,000 employees in the UK’s banks, this could potentially mean 125,000 employees could be experiencing a mental health problem at any one point in time.
While some may bounce back from a setback, someone else may feel weighed down by it for a long time. Although our mental health changes as we move through different stages of our life, it is always healthy to know and say how you’re feeling.
Nearly 60% of reported health conditions by BWC helpline clients in 2014/15 were in relation to a mental health condition (comprising anxiety, stress and depression), and that is why BWC are proud to support Mental Health Awareness Week #MHAW16, created by the Mental Health Foundation.
BWC recognise the importance of helping everyone to feel safe and comfortable asking for help. Our guides on mental health can help you understand the symptoms of depression, stress and anxiety, and how to manage them better.
BWC is entirely independent of banks and all support is provided in confidence. For more information, visit our website, or call our helpline on 0800 0234 834.