There has been a lot written about what we can do for people suffering from mental health issues, but I always felt that the advice while good was missing something. This is my small attempt to round the advice out a little:
1. Be a Friend
This has been covered in lots of other posts - just be there for someone who may be struggling. You don’t have to be their therapist, just have a chat.
Insight: They may seem OK and happy and smiling, but they may have had to put a lot of effort into just meeting and maybe wiped out after. Don’t let this put you off, but it does link into the next point.
2. Care for a carer
This may be the husband, wife, boyfriend, girlfriend, brother, sister or children (even adult ones) or just a friend of the one they are caring for.
They will just need to get away from it all and talk about or do something normal or offload their frustrations. Just be a friend.
Insight: They pick up the pieces on a daily basis, sometime its good, sometimes not so good. The one they care for may have met a friend (good), but now they are wiped out, or just struggling (not so good), the carer will then spend their time looking after them putting their own wellbeing to one side. Or they may be caring for someone in hospital (mental health ward) or who have just been released; both of these are stressful in their own ways.
3. Just say hello
We have all been held up at the station with the announcement ‘someone on the line’, which we all know what this actually means.
If you see someone who doesn’t seem quite there, just say ‘hello’. It may be all they need to bring them back from the brink and give a chance for those around you to get help.
Insight: I missed an opportunity to do this walking over Blackfriars Bridge one night and will always regret not stopping just to say hello.
The above is not going to solve the mental health problems of the nation, but every little bit of support will help in some way.
'Be ready to think about the 10-15 year view of the industry and be a part of that change'. Many other insights from this recent interview he gave to the Square Mile:
1) Mass personalisation of investments & tokenisation to increase accessibility and liquidity
2) Portfolios of the future will be a blend of public and private investments. Public companies are shrinking/consolidating. There is much potential to unlock in the private space
3) Sustainable investing and ESG funds will grow in demand as next generation of investors will want their money to go further to make more positive societal impacts
4) Diversity of thought is business-critical - solving problems is best done in a more diverse group
5) Mental Health in the city is bigger problem than anticipated. We need to foster a culture (top-down) where it is ok to talk about it and support each other
On top of that, he exhibited much humility. Must Watch IMHO!
Google staff walk out over women's treatment
A huge payout for an executive accused of sexual misconduct provokes an unprecedented protest.
Not exactly what I would have expected from a company like Google. My perception has always been that it is a company that is as much on the forefront of technology development as it is on equal rights, diversity, inclusion, etc.
It remains exemplary that they have published figures as to how many employees have been fired for sexual harassment. However the mentioned clause in employees contract to keep the judgement behind closed internal doors is worrying and gives to me the impression of being as a company above the law. Yes it is reasonable that (sexual) harassment claims are initially discussed/heart internally (the accused has his/her rights as well), however the forced arbitration without appeal against the decision sounds to me not right.
It's World Mental Health Day today - can anyone share initiatives in their companies they are aware of? There are some interesting programmes as featured in the UK Finance story here
Workplace wellbeing on World Mental Health Day
Written by: Poppy Jaman, CEO of Mental Health First Aid England Each year around ten million adults in the UK will experience mental ill health, meaning one in four of us will experience a mental health issue at some point in our lifetime. Over the past year, awareness of mental health has