Parenthood is one of the major transitions in adult life for both men and women. However, for some, the unfulfilled desire for a child commonly leads to significant stress, depression and anxiety as a result of associated social isolation, marital problems and/or sexual dysfunction.
Research shows that 90% of people going through a fertility journey feel depressed and 43% feel suicidal. For many the situation has been further exacerbated by the pandemic, with postponements and cancellations to treatment seriously impacting mental health.
This week, as many organisations acknowledge Mental Health Awareness week, we will be joined by Fertifa, the UK’s leading reproductive health and fertility benefits provider to delve into this topic. Guests will also include Lucie McGrath, Head of Client Strategy and proposition development at Willis Towers Watson, the industry-led benefits and wellbeing consultant, sharing its latest research findings and consulting experiences around the latest fertility and reproductive health and employer plans, Ruth Petzold, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Manager at Anchor Hanover, who is actively demonstrating an innovative and forward-thinking approach to supporting their employees’ reproductive health and Anthony Ryb, a specialist fertility counsellor who has also experienced the emotional and mental turmoil of his own fertility challenges and now helps others to overcome the same.
During the discussion, we will explore:
The impact of fertility and reproductive health challenges on mental health and wellbeing
How employers can support employees struggling with their emotional and mental wellbeing as a result of fertility issues
What should be considered when an employer is looking to support its employees with their reproductive concerns
Workplace fertility is the biggest taboo in the workplace, replacing the mental health taboo. Fertility wellbeing has been ignored in the workplace for a long time due to its sensitivity and privacy. We are talking about a wide range of employees being affected by fertility issues, not just the 3.5 million couples in the UK having difficulties conceiving, but also single women who worry about their declining fertility as they approach their 40’s, and the LGBT group who need 100% support to start a family. As we have first-hand knowledge of fertility stress in the workplace, we understand how emotional, complex and lonely the journey may be, and how it affects employee productivity, absenteeism and eventually retention. Many employees simply leave jobs without their managers appreciating what they were going through, which is a shame for both the employee and their employer. To find out more, view this video: https://vimeo.com/389460539