News News Let's talk stress What is stress? Stress is a response to a situation where a person feels under pressure. This can affect us both physically and mentally. However, it is often difficult to tell when stress is having an impact on our day-to-day lives. ‘In Scotland, 74% of people have felt so stressed they have been overwhelmed or unable to cope’. (Mental Health Foundation, 2018) We all can get stressed from time to time. Stress is not always negative, it can help us feel motivated or give us that extra needed push in life. Yet, it is vital that we strike the right balance and listen to our bodies, as too much stress can damage our overall physical and mental well-being. Why is stress important to Carr Gomm? ‘In 2019, 12.8 million working days were lost due to work related stress.’(Health and Safety Executive, 2019) We are aware that at times supporting people can be challenging and this can result in stress. Therefore, we listen to, and gather the thoughts and opinions of our staff to ensure we can support them to be the best version of themselves. Without our staff, Carr Gomm would not be able to continue to deliver leading support to vulnerable people across Scotland. How does Carr Gomm manage stress? To help manage stress, Carr Gomm is dedicated to ensuring the correct resources and strategies are implemented and accessible to our staff members. A couple of years ago we teamed up with Lifeworks who provide our organisation with a comprehensive set of perks and benefits including a well-being programme that provides solutions in relation to stress. Liz Mackay, Operations Manager for Human Resources said: “Part of our strategy for helping manage any concerns or issues which a worker may have is to encourage them to ‘reach out’ whether it is to Lifeworks, managers, senior managers, colleagues, HR and our CEO! "This, along with our Health and Wellbeing Programme, are just some of the ways which we can support someone in managing stress.” Our final thoughts At Carr Gomm, we want to raise awareness and talk about stress. We’re not afraid to acknowledge this taboo subject, as we believe it’s important that people take time out of their busy schedules to re-charge. So take time to relax. Have a coffee, call a friend, take that well needed walk or just chill out on the couch watching your favourite box-set. Where to find help? Remember that everyone reacts to stress differently, so if you are concerned contact your local GP or head to NHS inform for some advice on the different services available to you.