A year like no other

Sehjal Gupta considers the impact that lockdown has had on our mental health and her own training as a mental health first aider

Both employers and employees have been greatly affected by the great shifts in working patterns over the last year. Everyone has resiliently continued to meet work demands, with employers having to adapt to keep afloat and employees trying not to suffer from burn out or anxiety surrounding their livelihoods. 

Some workplaces, like Menzies, had already implemented steps which aided these overnight changes, including agile working; flexibility around hours; issuing all staff  with laptops; training Mental Health First Aiders (MHFA); and implementing video facilities, such as Skype and Teams.