Research Supporting Children's Mental Health
Why should businesses invest in Counselling and Life Coaching services?

Research & Theory

 

You cannot build a business without the people you employ; your business can not grow if the people you employ stop growing. The need for Counselling/Life Coaching services is acute and growing every day. The cost to organisations of not providing early mental health support or personal development to their employees is considerable. It is a vicious circle that keeps getting bigger, as a society we are losing the potential of individuals, mental health issues are putting pressure and affecting the mental health of families, cultures and society. The cost to society is astonishing (Police, Crime, Prisons, NHS, benefits etc.) Tax payer’s money. The impact on public and private organisations affects every aspect of its business structure, sick pay, learning capability, and cost of managers time which also interlinks and affects productivity and other colleagues their learning and mental health, a cycle that needs to be broken. Do you want to build a solid business that keeps growing and developing? Then you need to invest in your people, supporting them within their life experiences, not just their professional experiences. Your reward for doing this? You will have employees that are growing personally and professionally, employees that are excited to learn and achieve, employees that are committed and loyal which in turn will create great productivity creating a stronger more profitable company, creating a win/win experience.

 

The need for early intervention to save and keep growing your business.

A Wealth of evidence suggests a significant need for early mental health support:

 

  • 'The associated cost in sickness absence was estimated at £8.4bn annually and £15.1bn for reduced productivity when at work' (Mental Health Foundation, 2010).

  • 'Up to one in five people at some point in their lives suffer from an episode of depression severe enough to warrant antidepressant treatment' (Mental Health Foundation, 2010).

  • 'The Office for National Statistics (ONS) reported 15.2m days of sickness absence across the UK in 2013 caused by stress, anxiety or depression – significantly higher than the 11.8m days lost in 2010. The absences are thought to cost UK employers £26bn a year' (Financial Times, 2014).

 

You can create a great product but your product will not move and grow without great people, great people grow through personal and professional development. A lot of companies are great at supporting professional development (this is what they know best) but most do not acknowledge or have the expertise in supporting personal development. It is time to invest in Complete Freedom to assist your company in building a great future by supporting your employees to grow and develop to be the best that they can be. 

 

References

Mental Health Foundation (2010) Economic burden of mental illness cannot be tackled without research investment Available from: http://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/content/assets/PDF/campaigns/MHF-Business-case-for-MH-research-Nov2010.pdf [Accessed 28th July 2015].

 

Financial Times (2014) High cost of mental health problems forces employers to act Available from: http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/817b557a-f0b2-11e3-8f3d-00144feabdc0.html#ixzz3hGvmF3GY [Accessed 28th July 2015].

 

The need for Children's counselling services in is acute and growing every day. The costs individually to many organisations such as schools, social services, private organisations and to society of not providing early mental health support to children are considerable. It is a vicious circle that keeps getting bigger, as a society we are losing the potential of individuals, mental health issues are putting pressure and affecting the mental health of families, cultures and society. The cost to society is astonishing (Police, Crime, Prisons, NHS, benefits etc) Tax payer’s money. The impact on individual organisations such as schools, social services, and private organisations affects every aspect of its business structure, attendance, learning capability, and cost of teacher’s, managers time which also interlinks and affects other pupils/colleagues learning and mental health.

 

The need for early intervention

A wealth of evidence points to a significant need for early mental

health support:

 

  • 'Mental health problems affect about one in ten children and young people. They include depression, anxiety and conduct disorder, and are often a direct response to what is happening in their lives' (Mental Health Foundation, 2015).

  • Among teenagers, rates of depression and anxiety have increased by 70% in the past 25 years (Mental Health Foundation, 2015).

  • 'For those aged 15 to 24 years, suicide is the second most common cause of death, accounting for 19 percent of all deaths in this age group' (Youth MHFA, 2014).

  • 'Mental health disorders in childhood can have high levels of persistence: 25 percent of children with a diagnosable emotional disorder and 43 percent with a diagnosable conduct disorder still had the problem three years later' (Youth MHFA, 2014).

  • 'It has been estimated that the economic and social costs of mental health problems in England were £105 billion in 2009-10 – taking into account costs for health and social care, loss of output and human costs. Those who developed this estimate think it is likely to be an underestimate' (Faculty of Public Health, Registered charity, 2010).

 

Children are less likely to suffer from serious mental health difficulties in later life if they receive support at an early age, providing better living and saving costs as 'poor mental health impacts on individuals and their families, in terms of lost income, lower educational attainment, quality of life and considerably shorter life span and to society' (Faculty of Public Health, Registered charity, 2010).

 

Growing evidence indicates that promoting positive mental health also improves a range of positive school outcomes, including enhanced academic progress, better attendance and lower exclusion rates (Please see Independent Counselling Service for Schools Operating Handbook).

 

References

Faculty of Public Health, 2010 The cost of poor mental health Available from: http://www.fph.org.uk/the_cost_of_poor_mental_health> [Accessed 5th July 2015].

 

Youth MHFA, 2014  The Youth Mental Health First Aid (MHFA). Available from: www.mhfaengland.org [Accessed 7th July 2015].

 

Mental Health Foundation, 2015 Children and Young People. Available from: http://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/help-information/mental-health-a-z/C/children-young-people/ [Accessed 5th July 2015].

 

nidierect.gov, 2014 Independent Counselling Service for Schools.  Operating Handbook,http://www.nidirect.gov.uk/independent-counselling-service-for-schools [Accessed 28th June 2015].