MH resource hub for Business Owners

Following our business owners’ mental health survey, we wanted to respond to the issues and needs raised by our peers.

We have therefore created this hub featuring virtual events and podcasts, a series of relevant content links and worked with a partner to provide access to therapeutic support.

We know this isn’t going to make everything OK again, after all, the COVID-19 crisis has hit many of us hard. But we hope that in doing our little bit, we can at least share some of the great resources we’ve found helpful with the wider business community.

Please see themed resources below linked to the findings and we’ll keep adding to them. Should you have any suggestions for content or support services that you think would be worth adding, please email hello@mmc.agency

                                                                                                                                               

MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT

Finding: 54% of business owners said their mental health had worsened since lockdown

There are many things we can do to support our mental health during difficult times. Please check out the signposts and resources below:

  • North East Counselling Services have business-focused mental health support. Check out their services – they have sessions ranging from 30 minutes and all available online via Zoom. In fact MMC has offered counselling sessions to all of our employees during lockdown.
  • The Mental Health at Work website (an initiative managed by Mind, Heads Together and The Royal Foundation) has a huge range of resources and toolkits specifically designed for workplace mental health matters.
  • Business owners’ mental health workshop –  Online Coaching Session with Ruth Cooper-Dickson, founder of Champs positive psychology consultants. This session has been created by Ruth specifically in response to MMC’s research. It will talk about how business owners can use positive psychology tools to support their wellbeing and thrive. FREE to join, duration 1 hour. Wednesday 19th August, 17:30 – 18:30. Link
    Topic: Online Coaching Session with Ruth Cooper-Dickson

    Time: Aug 19, 2020 05:30 PM London

    Join Zoom Meeting

    https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89517092417?pwd=cDBZR3Q3dGlLMnFnYU1PNCtUMXZVUT09

    Meeting ID: 895 1709 2417

    Passcode: 947643

PEER SUPPORT

Finding: 61% of business owners said peer support should be readily available

  • We are looking into longer term solutions alongside the North East Chamber of Commerce in support of this topic. We will be in touch as soon as possible. Watch this space!
  • Now is your Time ran by Donna and Cheryl run weekly mindset mastery sessions and have a regular Facebook group where bonds are made between business owners. Check out their daily Donna & Cheryl TV each lunchtime or their regular meet ups.

MANAGING UNHEALTHY COPING MECHANISMS

Finding: Around half of respondents said they noticed a change in dietary habits (comfort or restrictive eating) and 2 in 5 reported drinking more alcohol during lockdown

  • For anyone wanting to explore their relationship with alcohol, the Mindful Drinking Festival takes place between 30th July and 2nd August and all events are free and available online.
  • Mind also has a dietary guide for good mental health.

EXERCISE AND MEDITATION

Finding: 28% of respondents wanted to access mindfulness and meditation, while 12% wanted access to exercise classes and events.

  • Yoga with Adriene is a free, online yoga series with tonnes of specific sessions to choose from. Check it out on YouTube
  • A Sunderland-based Yoga Studio, Wellness Space, has been running online yoga sessions throughout lockdown via Zoom – some of the MMC team are loyal fans.
  • For the time-poor business owner who wants or needs to workout quickly, check out these brilliant daily sessions (starting from just 7 minutes!) from Lucy Wyndham-Read.
  • Our MD, Natasha McDonough, starts her day each day with a 10 minute guided mediation on the Calm App.

BUSINESS STRESS

Finding: 2/3 of business owners said that worries about cash flow and/or cancelled work cause significant stress during lockdown 

Useful contact details

If you require mental health crisis support please call the Samaritans on 116 123.

For more information on mental health generally, we recommend you visit www.mind.org.uk