by Henna Malik
The topic of mental illness is becoming more widespread particularly with current statistics indicating that approximately one in four people in the UK will experience a mental health problem each year. Nevermore so has the topic of mental health been prevalent in the current climate that we are experiencing on a national and global level. Our clinical team have been working tirelessly to communicate and support our valued workforce alongside the HR team with employee’s concerns and issues experienced with mental health, loneliness, isolation and just coping in general.
So what actually is a mental illness and how do we know whether we have a mental illness or indeed an emotional problem. It is hard to narrow a mental illness to one particular category as there are more than 200 classified forms. We may have heard of some of the more common disorders like depression, bipolar disorder, dementia, schizophrenia and anxiety but how do we recognise the signs that we need help and who do we go to. Problems may start when individuals are exposed to excessive stress due to a particular situation or series of events, a reaction to environmental stresses, genetic factors or biochemical imbalances, or a combination of these.
We may think that we are fine but if we start to experience sudden changes in thoughts, behaviours and mood which includes one or more of the following, then help should be sought. Symptoms of a mental illness can include confused thinking, prolonged depression (feeling sadness), feelings of extreme highs and lows, excessive fears and worries, social withdrawal, dramatic changes in eating habits, sleep issues, strong feelings of anger, seeing or hearing things that aren’t there, suicidal thoughts and substance abuse.
If you experience any of these symptoms it is important to seek help and support. This can be from a friends and family support network, but if this is not possible and you don’t have anybody to ask, please speak to the HR team @ Care2Recruit so we can direct you confidentially to the right place or to local self help groups.
Please don’t suffer in silence at this very difficult time, speak to somebody that you trust; your line manager, clinical team or the HR team can help and signpost you to get help. Please remember that it’s good to talk and people are here to help you.
Below is a list of some of the support networks that you can access.
Anxiety U.K. – Tel: 03444 775 774 (Mon-Fri 9.30 am – 5.30 pm)
Bipolar U.K. website: www.bipolaruk.org.uk
CALM – Campaign Against Living Miserably Website: www.thecalmzone.net
Depression Alliance – Website: www.depressionalliance.org
Mencap Learning Disabilities – Tel: 0808 808 1111
Men’s Health Foundation – Website: www.menshealthforum.org.uk
Mental Health Foundation – Website: www.mentalhealth.org.uk
Mind – Tel: 0300 123 3393 Website: www.mind.org.uk
No Panic (sufferers of panic attacks) – Tel: 0844 967 4848
OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder) – Tel: 0845 390 6232
Rape Crisis – Tel: 0808 802 9999 Relate (relationship support) – Website: www.relate.org.uk
Samaritans – Tel: 116 123 (free 24 hour helpline) Victim support – Tel: 0808 168 9111, Website: www.samaritans.org
Here at care-2-recruit we operate within the Pharma, Healthcare and Medical Device industries. We are specialists in what we do and work in partnership with a wide range of clients – from blue-chip manufacturers to specialist global organisations – supporting them in finding talented individuals for their permanent and contract vacancies.
Why choose us?
We’re a specialist recruitment agency working across the pharmaceuticals industry. We have the knowledge and the right connections to successfully match job seekers with businesses – whether this be for a temporary lab-tech, commercial appointment or executive hire. We’ve walked in your shoes – Many of us have previous hands-on industry experience A significant amount of our work is referral-based from satisfied clients. We will listen to you and spend time finding out exactly how your business can benefit from our services. We operate with honesty and integrity at all times. We love what we do, and it shows. We have an exceptionally high client retention rate and are proud to have converted many companies from never having used recruiters before to relying on our invaluable support on a day-to-day basis.
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Sebastian Shelley gives us insight into his job role and how Care2Recruit Ltd provide their services and background.
Looking after your staff in the residential childcare industry.
Residential Childcare is a tough industry to work in. Daily emotional roller coasters and dealing with the high and lows of working with some of our societies most vulnerable children. People don’t fall into this sector by accident, it takes special people who have a burning desire to help young people and achieve positive outcomes.
So a few years back I placed a young lady with a passion and zest to change young people’s lives. Here was a candidate, you know that would that make a terrific difference to young people’s lives. My clients agreed and they absolutely loved her and made an offer, she accepted and follow up calls suggested she was a great fit, the kids loved her and soon enough was promoted to a senior.
Fast forward a few years, I had started recruitment on my own…took a call and instantly recognised the voice minus the passion, minus the zest. Broken and an emotional wreck.
This had nothing to do with the children, her employers dismissed her on what can only be described as flimsy, contradictory and hypocritical grounds.
Employers need to take care of their staff for the consistency and continuity of care. Too many great staff members like this young lady are thrown by the wayside on flimsy disciplinaries.
If you are looking for a new opportunity where you are appreciated and respected in the work place please feel free to contact Care 2 Recruit for a friendly chat and to find out about the latest job posts near you.