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Mental Health Awareness Week 2022- Loneliness

by | May 23, 2022 | Uncategorized | 0 comments

Mental Health Awareness Week 2022- Loneliness

Mental Health Awareness Week 2022 ran from the 9th-15th of May, with the theme for this year being loneliness, but at Clarity, we want to keep the conversation going. Loneliness affects 1.4 million people in Britain, according to Age UK, and this number is expected to increase to around 2 million by 2026.

What is loneliness?

MIND, a mental health charity, describes loneliness as a personal feeling, so everyone experiences it in a different way. It isn’t just about living or spending time alone; it’s about what people get from social interactions and feeling connected and understood. Many people experience loneliness despite having lots of friends and family around them.

Is loneliness a mental health illness?

Loneliness isn’t a mental health problem, but the two are closely linked. Often feelings of loneliness can have a detrimental effect on someone’s mental health. Research shows a link between loneliness and mental health illnesses such as depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, sleep problems and increased stress.

Loneliness in the workforce

According to a recent report, as many as 72% of employees have reported feeling lonely at work at least monthly, and 55% at least weekly. The pandemic has also seen an increase in people working from home, which has brought about a new set of challenges for employers when it comes to their workforce feeling lonely. Steps can be taken by employers and HR Managers to help eradicate feelings of loneliness within their workforce.

  • Introduce a mentoring program across the business. Not only can this help create strong relationships, but it can also act as a support network to employees that are working remotely and remind them that they are valued and part of the company.
  • Create a culture where people feel comfortable being themselves. In a working environment, it is vital that the culture of the business encourages people to be themselves. Discrimination can lead to individuals feeling isolated, which can have a negative effect across their contribution to the business and can lead to feelings of loneliness.
  • Encourage social interaction between employees. There are several ways this can be done, from team days out, to something as simple as having a designated area for employees to sit and each their lunch together. Increasing the amount of time employees interact with each other can prevent loneliness in the workplace.
  • Empower your workforce. If an employee feels their contribution to the business is not significant, it can affect their motivation and confidence to do their job. Empowering your employees through recognition and encouragement can be vital in preventing loneliness and isolation.

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Needs Assessment

Occupational Health Needs Assessments help to identify and manage the health risks within the business. It provides essential data to support a proactive occupational health service.

Our process is designed to take the complexities of your occupational health needs, and present them in a easily understandable assessment matrix, breaking down your employees into groups, and displaying the type of surveillance and/or medicals they require. Upon completion, a tailored occupational health matrix will be available for your review.

Health Surveillance Services

Maintaining a healthy workforce in a safe environment is vital for employee well-being and business success.

It is a statutory requirement for businesses to carry out health surveillance medicals for those employees at risk from hazards including noise, vibration, solvents, dusts, fumes, and other substances hazardous to health.

Management Referrals

Absence from work is a growing concern. Work related ill-health can happen in any business, whatever its size.
The key to successful management is a clearly defined process with identifiable trigger points and a resolutions-based service that is directive.

This will help to reduce disruption, loss of productivity and management time dealing with absence issues.

Post Offer Medicals

Screening new and prospective employees is vital to support and protect their wellbeing and your business. It will help you to ensure the personal, physical and psychological capability of your employee to undertake the role.

It is essential to provide an accessible service that is flexible in its method of delivery. Whether you are booking an individual medical, half day or full day, Clarity can undertake the assessment in our Medical Mobile Unit onsite or at a local clinic within a 5-mile radius.

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Mobile Medical Unit

Our mobile medical units are the pride of what we do, the frontline of our mobile occupational healthcare business. Clarity are proud to announce an ever increasing fleet of over 30 bespoke Mobile Medical Units (MMU), providing access to quality healthcare on-site. The MMU’s offer flexibility and space to carry out effective health screening in a range of locations, including clients business premises.

Company Information

Clarity Occupational Health is a national provider of Occupational Health services across the UK supporting organisations from all market sectors. Our aim is to make occupational health accessible to all by providing solutions that enhance the link between employers and their employees. We deliver comprehensive services, including health surveillance, safety critical medicals, absence management, health and wellness programmes, as well as a full range of diagnostics and treatments.