HR on the weekend: A Monster Calls, Beatrix Potter at V&A and Ed Sheeran's album

HR on the weekend: A Monster Calls, Beatrix Potter at V&A and Ed Sheeran's album

Christmas is over, as is the first gruelling week back to work, and it’s time to get back to normality. Although the prospect of January disheartens many, it’s also a month that gives us a chance to think and address our current situations.

Some of us see the New Year as an opportunity to embark on a new job, learn a new talent or get fit and healthy. Whatever your motive is this month, remember to enjoy it – just because it’s cold and dark in the mornings and Christmas is over, remember that it's also a time for new beginnings and we’re one step closer to spring…

Watch – A Monster Calls

This drama, based on Patrick Ness’ novel, explores the harsh emotion of grief and its impact on a twelve year old boy, Conor. When he finds an unlikely ally in the form of a monster at his bedroom window,however, it seems his nightmare may just be over. In a review by The Guardian, they wrote that it was a melodrama fit for adults.

Grief is an emotion that we will all have to deal with in our lives, and employers have a duty to act sensitively. Personal issues account for 88.6% of mental health absences, which can include bereavement, relationships, changes in finances, children, moving house, social circumstances and chronic illness.

Speaking to Suzanne Monk, FirstCare's Clinical Governance Officer, she advises companies to: “Invoke mental health first aid, or crisis counselling.  This is designed to provide immediate confidential support at the point of a mental health crisis event and, in its most powerful form, can even save a life by using basic suicide intervention skills.

“In the same way that organisations commonly have a role in place for the provision of physical first aid, mental health first aid will help to identify those crucial warning signs, provide help and reassurance and effectively guide someone towards the right support services.”

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