A new website has launched which looks to be an “accessible” resource to learn about mental health, aimed at teaching employers how to address issues in their workplaces.
Mental Health at Work is an online platform designed by studio Thompson Brand Partners, which provide both business owners and employees alike with resources including podcasts, pdf documents, videos and print-out posters to help them deal with mental health issues, or promote support in the workplace.
For instance, some resources such as research-focused pdfs are for learning, while a poster could be stuck up in a workplace to promote best practice when helping people with mental health issues.
Nick Ramshaw, managing director at Thompson Brand Partners, says the main target audience of this project is SMEs (small and medium-sized businesses) of up to 250 employees, which often do not have the same resources at their disposal as bigger companies, such as large human resources (HR) departments.
The website has been commissioned by mental health charities Mind and the Royal Foundation. According to Mind, one in six workers deals with a mental health problem such as anxiety, depression or stress, which can have an impact on their performance.
A website focusing on mental health is particularly prevalent for businesses in the creative industries, Ramshaw adds, as the “nature of the job” of a designer, such as having to work to deadlines and constantly come up with creative ideas, can “lead to considerable stress and anxiety”. A recent survey conducted by illustrator Ben O’Brien, otherwise known as Ben the Illustrator, found that four fifths of freelance illustrators live with problems such as anxiety and confidence issues.