Mental Health Awareness Week - 18th to 24th May 2020

15 May 2020

It is Mental Health Awareness week on 18th May. Research and reports show approximately one in four people in the are experiencing or will experience mental health problems every year.  The aim of mental health awareness week is to encourage people to talk about mental health and reduce the stigma that stops people from asking for help.  Asking for help is one of the first steps.  Employers have a key role to play in mental health awareness; you have a duty of care so you have a key role to play.

Mental health during Coronavirus Pandemic

Mental health concerns and awareness exists in everyday life and affects people in different ways. In the current time; when we all come together to fight the coronavirus pandemic; now is the time for all companies to be more vigilant about how the pandemic is affecting their employees. 

Despite mental health and well being awareness and support being widely publicised and available; it continues to be a taboo subject for many. Many employees still don’t, or won’t, admit to having mental health problems and seek support.   


During the coronavirus pandemic; many employees are on furlough; dealing with changes to their work and home life; working from home; home learning (really home schooling but we’re not to call it that!), uncertainty of the future; financial strains coupled with companies facing uncertainty of their future survival; it is understandable obvious signs can be missed.  However, employers cannot escape their responsibilities; they have a duty of care to all employees - now more than ever.   Simple steps such as calling a colleague to see how they are; if an employee’s productivity levels are low, take time to consider why this is the case – could it be they are struggling; have open and honest dialogue with employees; encourage employees to talk and seek support. Small steps, consideration, kindness can transform a situation and the persons home and working life. 

Helping and supporting others not only reduces their stress and improves emotional well being; but is good for your own mental health and well being.

At Quest we can support and guide you in all employee relations and HR matters; just give us a call on 01455852028.

Meet the Quest Experts

Hema Mistry

Head of Operations

With over 20 years experience in HR, Hema draws her expert specialist knowledge from a broad range of industries, including employment advisory and consultancy services, retail, manufacturing and leisure. Being MCIPD qualified enables her to quickly understand how organisations operate, how to interact with their business leaders and to deliver effective commercial and practical solutions.

Andy Hooke

Health, Safety & Training Business Partner

Andy is NEBOSH trained and a technical member of the Institution of Occupational Safety & Health (IOSH). Andy is often found studying the latest updates to legislation to keep his knowledge up to date and provide the best advice. With a passion for health and safety and experience in a range of environments from large corporates to small business, Andy is well placed to support you in all your health and safety needs.

Jill Colston

HR and Training Business Partner

Jill has over 14 years’ experience in HR & Training. Having started a career as a police officer; she changed careers to HR & Training dealing with Equality & Diversity in the workplace. Jill is passionate about Diversity, Inclusion and HR and has supported companies in managing their HR and training needs. She has a wealth of expertise across HR, dealing with challenging casework, company restructure projects, mediation, training, organisational development systems; equality and diversity.

Arti Patel

HR Business Partner

Arti has a strong background in HR and is a fully qualified CIPD member. She has worked with challenging casework and has a good understanding of how to deal with workplace matters as they arise.

Jatinder Tara

Advice Line Team Leader

Jatinder is qualified non-practising Solicitor, he has over 22 years advisory experience in Employment law, HR matters and Employment Tribunal litigation. He manages the legal and HR advice line team ensuring the delivery of advice is effective verbally and in correspondence. He has experience in training and coaching work colleagues in all aspects of legal and employment matters. With his sound understanding of issues arising with in the workplace environment, Jatinder aims to deliver clear and concise client focussed advice.

Anoop Sodhi

HR Employment Relations Advisor

Anoop is an experienced HR Advisor and is part of the Telephone Advice Line Team. Anoop has worked in both the public and private sector, providing Employment Law advice ranging from grievances, disciplinaries, performance management, attendance management and mediation. Anoop is a trained mediator and provides down to earth, pragmatic, commercial advice. Outside of work, Anoop actively participates as a CIPD Board Member of East Midlands.

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