The theme of this year’s World Mental Health Day, set by the federation for Mental Health, is ‘Mental health in an unequal world. It is also a chance to talk about mental health in general, how we need to look after it, and how important it is to talk about things and get help if you are struggling.
|| “With stigma still surrounding mental health, it can be difficult to get the help needed.”
Between 75% to 95% of people with mental disorders in low and middle-income countries are unable to access mental health services at all. With stigma still surrounding mental health, it can be difficult to get the help needed. Government policies which limit access to health care, education and public transport causes people in lower income households to be unable to find the time, money, or resources to improve their mental health. Alongside this, pollution and a lack of healthy food lead to poorer physical health, which in turn increases the risk of depression. These are all more common with people struggling in poverty due to an inability to live in the countryside or afford fresh, healthy food.
|| “Equal wealth provides far more opportunities to children”
In the UK, children and adults living in households in the lowest 20% income bracket are 2-3 times more likely to develop mental health problems than those in the highest bracket. Equal wealth provides far more opportunities to children, and so it is vital to encourage education systems (schools and universities) to be more aware and understanding of mental health; as well as provide more resources and support to care for children and young adults who need it.
|| “Companies have to make positive changes to their work environment”
Employment has a major effect on someone’s mental health and relies heavily on the quality of work, pay, management, and many more. Job insecurity, low wages, and health risks all contribute negatively to mental wellbeing. Companies have to make positive changes to their work environment and ensure fair wages are provided in order to combat this wealth inequality.
|| “we understand the importance of life outside of the office”
Highfield value the mental wellbeing of employees as we strive to continuously improve the working environment in order to create a space that is supportive and relaxing. Alongside this, we understand the importance of life outside of the office, which is why we have implemented and extended our 4-day work week trial so that more time can be spent ‘switching off.’
Our mission is to become the most trusted built environment recruitment business, and that starts with our teams. If they can trust us to provide a work space that is happy, healthy, and equal, then they are more able to deliver a high standard service to all our candidates and clients.
We work hard to ensure mental health is recognised and cared for at Highfield. Some of our efforts include:
- 4-day work weeks
- Remote working
- Mental health first aiders
- Relaxing breakout room and kitchen space
- A healthy and collaborative work environment
- Supportive and engaged management
- Constant team events
With many more scattered throughout the office and our work practices, we continue to add to this list and adapt it, so as to be certain that Highfield is a fulfilling place to work.
If you’re interested in being a part of the most trusted recruitment agency, then we have a range of vacancies available!
- Resourcer- property
- Resourcer- FM
- Global Recruiter
- Experience recruitment manager
- Talent hunter
- Senior recruitment partner
Book a call with Annie https://bit.ly/2Xw8FBG to chat about our positions or ask us more about Highfield.
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