The British Safety Council is launching a new programme designed to help employers support and improve the physical and mental wellbeing of their staff, says Mike Robinson.
I don’t think it’s any exaggeration to say that 2020 is already a year like no other. At the end of last year, I wrote about how anxiety is causing us to take our health and wellbeing far more seriously. To echo other debates, tackling wellbeing is now the new normal. Yet we are not there yet. It remains urgent. Being Well Together is our new programme to help businesses do exactly that.
It is my view that wellbeing is the defining issue of our time. We saw that in 2019 the suicide rate rose for the first time since 2013. Though this remains lower than its peak in the 1980s, each one is a tragedy; each one avoidable. This, at a time when we have evidence and tools and experts to know what to do to prevent such terrible events, is a national disgrace. It is too soon to say what impact Covid-19 and the lockdown has had but most commentators expect suicides to rise again in 2020.
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