The issue of Mental Health has been in the spotlight recently with Mental Health Awareness Week running from the 13th May to 19th May. It is perhaps a time for extra thought to be given to your domestic staff, many of whom may be living in another country to their family.
Living and working in this situation may well result in some stress and emotional problems from time to time.
The vision of the Mental Health Foundation which promoted the Awareness Week says its vision is for a world with good mental health for all.
“Our mission is to help people understand, protect and sustain their mental health. Prevention is at the heart of what we do, because the best way to deal with a crisis is to prevent it from happening in the first place,” says the Foundation
Towards this aim, you, as an employer, can play a role in achieving this. How? Simply by taking the time every now and then to chat informally with staff, asking if they feel under pressure? Are there issues or problems they are finding difficult and stressful? Do they feel they need help?
It doesn’t take much, but could well mean a lot.
The Foundation recommends seeking the advice and support of a GP as a matter of priority if the person feels mental health pressures are mounting.
“If you are in distress and need immediate help and are unable to see a GP, you should visit your local A&E.” they say.
Alternatively, the staff member can talk to the Samaritans. The website https://www.samaritans.org/branches/ will take you to a site where a search can be done for a nearest branch and someone to talk to.
The Graham Agency, keeping you informed.