This month is Mental Health Awareness Month in the UK. And as an accountant in practice your mental health matters not just to you, but to the people you work for and with.
The theme of this important event in 2022 is loneliness and with the impact of the pandemic still very real to many of us, we wanted to highlight the fact that there’s lots of accountants out there who may still be experiencing loneliness caused by lockdowns and emotions brought about by COVID 19.
If you’re feeling lonely in your job or in your personal life, there’s plenty that you can do to change that. We work with many employers who pride themselves on nurturing a talented workforce professionally AND providing a real family feel in their offices and virtually for those who work remotely. Calendars of social events, informal mentoring, subsidised subscriptions to gyms and sports events that will all help combat feelings of loneliness. If making the decision to work with one of these employers is a sensible next step for you then do reach out today to find out more.
But if your mental health is really suffering, there’s lots of other support available to you and this Mental Health Awareness Week we wanted to make space on our blog to list the organisations that are always there for you, no matter what.
First up this is the official page for Mental Health Awareness Week 2022. Sometimes you can feel lonely in feeling lonely! It’s a vicious cycle! But if you have a look at this website you’ll see that lots of people feel lonely and you can read their stories and be inspired by ways in which real people have overcome loneliness.
And perhaps you can help other people who are experiencing loneliness too by speaking out and reducing the stigma around loneliness and mental health problems. This useful pdf is all about how we can help those around us to feel less lonely and consequently to feel happier.
Talking can really help improve your mental health.
But if you’re suffering with loneliness then the chances are that you don’t feel you have anyone around you who is available to listen. But there are professional services available to you who can support you by listening to your worries and concerns. And the benefits of working with a professional is that they have the knowledge and the training to challenge you to make changes to your life that might help you to feel better.
But if your feelings of loneliness and poor mental health are serious and you need to speak to someone now, there is always help at hand.
The Mind website is a great place to look for advice and support.
And whatever you’re going through, wherever you are, the amazing volunteers at Samaritans are here to talk to you 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. You can call them on 116 123.
‘There is no shame in suffering with your mental health and if you’re an accountant whose job is contributing to a feeling or unhappiness, loneliness of any other negative feelings or emotions, you can count on us to support you to find a better alternative. Our team are proud to offer a career counselling service so don’t be afraid to reach out if you need help finding better mental health at work.’
Garry Howling, MD
You’ll find lots of resources focusing on emotional and mental wellbeing at work in our Employers’ Hub.
Don’t suffer alone. We’re always here to help.