During my time working in financial services, I have seen colleagues who seem to be
very happy suddenly be
signed off with stress and anxiety. It was always a surprise to me, and I spent a
lot of time analysing
whether I should have noticed and been able to help.
Now having seen the effect that COVID has had on family and friends, it has made me
even more aware of the
importance of mental health. I can honestly say I have always tended to focus on my
physical health and
not really considered my own mental wellbeing.
In our society, physical health is positively promoted, and we are regularly
informed to eat healthily and
exercise to remain fit. The same cannot be said in relation to promoting mental
wellbeing which is often
seen as a weakness and people are too afraid or ashamed to admit they have an issue.
During my presidency,
I want to raise awareness and reduce the stigma around talking about our mental
health. If my colleagues
had been able to talk to someone without prejudice and fear of reprisal, they may
have sought help sooner.