NLP and Mental Health

World Mental Health Day will be on October 10, 2020. The goal is to help raise mental health awareness and each of us can make a contribution to ensure that people dealing with mental health problems can live better lives with dignity

Here are a few stats that might surprise you, or maybe they won’t. Either way its important we are aware of just how big Mental Health Challenges can be.
• 50% of mental health problems are established by age 14 and 75% by age 24
• 1 in 6 adults in the past week experienced a common mental health problem such as anxiety or depression
• 300,000 people a year leave the workplace because of mental health problems
• 68% of women and 57% of men with mental health problems are parents
• Depression affects around 22% of men and 28% of women aged 65 years and over

Mental Health in the Workplace
Poor mental health is one of the biggest issues in the workplace today, causing over 70 million working days to be lost each year. This includes everything from the most commonly experienced symptoms of stress and anxiety, right through to more complex mental health conditions, such as depression, bipolar disorder and obsessive compulsive disorder. As well as having a huge impact on individual employees, poor mental health has severe repercussions for employers – including increased staff turnover, sickness absence due to debilitating depression, burnout and exhaustion, decreased motivation and lost productivity. But while companies of all shapes and sizes increasingly understand the importance of good mental health, many simply don’t feel confident handling and communicating these issues in the workplace.
Good mental health should be a priority for any business, and implementing it needs to involve more than just the HR department. It’s vital to get buy-in from senior leadership and make sure conversations about mental health and wellbeing happen at board level. With the current climate many more people are being impacted or experiencing mental health challenges, with a high number facing the possibility of losing their jobs.
The signs that someone is suffering from Mental Health problems can be subtle….
Emotional
Employees who are struggling with their mental health may seem irritable, sensitive to criticism, demonstrate an uncharacteristic loss of confidence or seem to lose their sense of humour.
Cognitive
An employee may make more mistakes than usual, have problems making decisions, or not be able to concentrate. Look out for any sudden and unexplained drop in performance at work.
Behavioural
This could include things like arriving late, not taking lunch breaks, taking unofficial time off, not joining in office banter, or not hitting deadlines, becoming more introvert or extroverted, generally acting out of character.
Physical
Employees who are stressed sometimes exhibit physical symptoms such as a constant cold, being tired at work, looking like they haven’t made an effort with their appearance, or rapid weight loss or gain.
Business
At a business level, look out for increased absence or staff turnover. Have you noticed employees working longer hours or a general drop in motivation or productivity levels?

NLP and Mental Health
Our unconscious mind drives our behaviour, thoughts and feelings. Our unconscious also runs the strategies or patterns of behaviour that play out every second of the day and normally in the background so we aren’t even aware of them. Now the thing with NLP is that we look to change things at an unconscious level, which for most people are permanent (vs. CBT and Counselling which work only with the conscious mind which means the change is harder, is less effective an takes much longer). Many things in our unconscious mind happen automatically, well formed (often unhelpful) patterns of behaviour run away with us, and the output is how we feel, act, our thoughts etc .NLP allows us the take control over our unconscious processes and thought patterns to create flexibility and change.

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