Wellfest 2019 at Hastings Direct

It is important that individuals feel that their mental health is supported at work, and because of this, as the Diversity Partner of Hastings Direct, we were delighted to have had the privilege of attending, and having a stand at their event ‘Wellfest 2019’.

Statistics show that 1 in 6.8 people experience mental health issues in the workplace (14.7%). Evidence also suggests that 12.7% of all sickness absence days in the UK can be attributed to mental health conditions.

Events like Wellfest 2019 show that Hastings Direct is doing amazing work around making local mental health services known by their employees. It also helps to make mental health in the workplace less of a taboo subject.

We spoke to the CEO of Hastings Direct Toby van der Meer, and members of staff about mental health, accessing services for mental health, and about what we do as a mental health charity in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.

This event was a fantastic way for us to engage, and provide information on mental health to members of the community who work at Hastings Direct. We were also able to communicate the importance of continuing conversations on mental health to help break the stigma surrounding it.

We had a fantastic time, and were very happy to have had the opportunity to attend such an open and engaging event!

*For more statistics on mental health in the workplace visit: https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/statistics/mental-health-statistics-mental-health-work

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