Posted on May 17, 2017 by Kim Mead

Mental health is so often overlooked. Whilst every company will have someone assigned as a physical first aider – who can deal with the simple day to day bumps and bruises we may suffer at work – who is there for those suffering on the inside?

As part of our ongoing work with Heart of the City, one of our Gym & Spa Managers, Rolstone Langmead attended an event on 10th May to better learn the importance of the work forces mental wellbeing during National Mental Health Awareness week. Here is his review of the event.

With mental health related illnesses being the third highest reason for sickness at the work place, and the fact that 1 in 4 people with suffer from a mental illness in their lifetime, this is an area that more support could and should be provided by all employers.

As a fitness company, with an active workforce, many of our staff are already benefiting from the positive effects that exercise has on your mental health. Not only do you benefit from the natural endorphins released during a workout itself, but exercise has been proven to help reduce stress, anxiety and work as a positive enforcement tool to overcome other mental issues like depression. Not only is exercise a great tool for those recovering but regular exercisers are 33% less likely to suffer from depression during their lifetime.

The great news is, as a company, motive8 is already providing the foundations of this support network in the services we are offering our clients and our staff. This is set to grow further as we develop our CSR programme over the coming year, alongside the promotion for our staff to remain active and enjoying their hobbies outside of work.

For too long, mental health has been seen as something of a taboo subject to talk about, but this year has seen great strides forwards in society in accepting this as a subject we all need to consider and the best way to act is to start to talking about it.

Further details of motive8’s CSR strategy will be released later in the year.