COVID-19 has led to a dramatic change in our lives and working practices, with uncertainty and new challenges for us all. According to oft-repeated statistics, a quarter of us will experience mental ill health at some point in our lives – and the pandemic is likely to exacerbate this.
We’ve been working on a number of mental health projects over the past year and it has given us a real insight into the importance of taking mental health seriously. Some of this has been specific to the pandemic and others are more generic. We are often telling stories and working with people that need to be treated with care and sensitivity.
It has been fascinating and helped us to learn more about the subject, making us realise the importance of ensuring employers have their own stand-alone mental health policies that deal with prevention and response – and provide the solutions in place that ensure the wellbeing of their workforce. We hope the films we are making help them communicate their messages. They’ve been educational and deeply inspiring for us to get involved in.