Today (18 May 2020) marks the beginning of Mental Health Awareness Week in the UK. The theme this year is ‘kindness’. Mark Rowland, CEO of the Mental Health Foundation says the following:
“We have a once in a generation opportunity not only during but also following this pandemic for a reset and re-think about what kind of society we want to emerge from this crisis.
Applied kindness could have a transformative impact on our schools, places of work, communities and families. As the former Governor of the Bank of England, Mark Carney, has said, now is a time to put values above valuations. We must seize this time to shape a society that tips the balance in favour of good mental health, for all of us, but especially for those who are most vulnerable.”
Fertifa are an advocate for mental health awareness for everyone and help HR departments across the UK promote this through educating them on the impact of conception issues – and how this can have an adverse impact on their employees.
Mental Health & Fertility
The impact of the fertility journey on an employee’s wellbeing and mental health is significant.
According to a national survey from patient charity Fertility Network UK, “Three quarters of individuals receiving counselling for fertility problems say it is helpful in dealing with the associated high levels of psychological distress, suicidal feelings and relationship breakdown experienced yet only a minority (44 per cent) of people affected do receive counselling and the majority of these (54 per cent) have to fund some of it themselves”
90 per cent of respondents reported feeling depressed and 42 per cent of respondents experienced suicidal feelings. Those who had unsuccessful treatment reported greater distress as well as more frequent suicidal thoughts”.
We’ve been through it
Fertifa are here to help and can provide support throughout anyones fertility journey. We offer access to fertility advisors seven days a week, counselling, fertility coaching support and a network of medical expertise.
Over half of those working with and for Fertifa have experienced fertility issues. Many have undergone the IVF journey and know what it feels like.
We’re here to listen and share our own experiences with you. With around 1 in 6 struggling with infertility, it’s clear that there are millions going through the same journey.
We reflect with kindness and hope the community does as well.
If you’d like to find out more on how we can support your employees during this time, drop us a message.