This week The Duke of Cambridge has spoken about how employers should provide more support for people whose mental health is causing them problems at work, a viewpoint shared with Canine Assisted Learning who are working towards creating mentally healthy workplaces.
The Duke said “It should be so much easier to go to HR and talk about it,” He says bosses need to set the example, saying the change in culture “has to come from the top.””For some reason, people are embarrassed about their emotions – British people particularly.”
With the above statements in mind Canine Assisted Learning are working to create a different culture, a culture where people feel they can talk about their problems and get the help and support they need through specialist animal assisted interventions.
These innovative interventions not only provide huge benefits to mental health but have financial benefits to employers. Mental ill health is the leading cause of sickness absence in the UK, Deloitte calculated the annual cost to employers is between £33 billion and £42 billion with half this due to poor productivity. The cost of poor mental health to the economy as a whole is between £74 billion and £99 billion per year.
Canine Assisted Learning has successfully piloted the programme and are fully launching across the UK in spring
If you would like to find out more about these interventions and how they can benefit your workplace please contact info@canineassistedlearning