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Think Like A Boss – Mental Well-Being In The Workplace

Rebecca Jones (M.A. DipPCH) is a Clinical Hypnotherapist & Consultant (GHR, GHSC) (GQHP, MAC) and CEO/Founder of 'Paris St. Cloud' & 'The Empire State of Mind'

Executive Contributor Rebecca Jones

Are you a manager, a boss, a CEO, an employer? Do you lead a team, have an employee, or have an entire workforce? If you answered 'Yes' to either of these questions then the chances are that you have come across a colleague who is struggling with their mental health, whether you were aware if it or not. Or maybe that person is you.

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Mental health and mental well-being is now hot on the agenda of all business owners, Trusts, employers, and business leaders alike.

Why? You might ask.

Well, because now, although not legal and set in Law, it is an expected obligation for all employers to look after the welfare, including the mental health, of all their employees and staff.


An MP has proposed a new law that would legally require businesses to have mental health first aiders.


The new law was presented by Conservative MP Dean Russell as a Ten-Minute Rule Bill. Mr Russell believes the Bill would help employers identify the early signs of mental health concerns at work.


Supporting staff with their mental health and well-being is important and part of an employers’ duty

of care.


Mental health is our emotional, psychological and social wellbeing. It affects how we think, feel and act.


Employers have a ‘duty of care’. This means you must do all you reasonably can to support the

mental health, safety and well-being of your employees.


Employers in the UK must be compliant with the Equality Act 2010 and Health and Safety Act etc 1974, and also have a legal duty of care for their employees.


The law has always been notoriously slow to catch up with cultural change. In the UK, gay marriage was only legalised in 2014. Smoking in workplaces was only banned in 2007. Marital rape has only been illegal since 1992.

And so it has also been slow to catch up with the needs and requirements of employees in the workplace regarding their mental health and wellbeing.


If you have a mental health issue that amounts to a “disability” under the Equality Act 2010, your employer will be obliged to make reasonable adjustments to your working environment to reduce the impact of your condition. Failure to do so is potentially a matter of discrimination.


Mental health problems have a greater impact on people’s ability to work than any other group of disorders. This report was produced by the Royal College of Psychiatrists to supplement Working for a healthier tomorrow.


Mental health is about how we think, feel and behave. Anxiety and depression are the most common mental health problems. They are often a reaction to a difficult life event, such as bereavement, but can also be caused by work-related issues.


Work can also aggravate pre-existing conditions, and problems at work can bring on symptoms or make their effects worse.


Hypnotherapy is a type of psychological therapy that uses hypnosis to help treat certain mental and physical health conditions.


According to the Royal Society of Psychiatrists (RSPsych) research has shown that the following psychological conditions can be helped by hypnotherapy:


  • post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) depression

  • anxiety insomnia

  • eating disorders

  • functional disorders (bodily symptoms and conditions such as headaches, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) or backaches which may have a significant psychological component)

  • Improving memory for people who have experienced a brain injury

It has also been shown to help in the following medical conditions, often by reducing anxiety but also by reducing other symptoms:

  • pain

  • medical and surgical procedures

  • cancer treatment side effects

  • anaesthetic procedures

  • burn wound care

  • dental procedures

  • childbirth

  • menopausal symptoms


And as stated on the NHS website:


"You're fully in control when under hypnosis and do not have to take on the therapist's suggestions if you do not want to.

If necessary, you can bring yourself out of the hypnotic state.


Hypnosis does not work if you do not want to be hypnotised".


Hypnotherapy is not usually available on the NHS.


To find out if you can see a hypnotherapist on the NHS in your area, ask:


  • a GP

  • your local integrated care board (ICB)

Hypnosis is usually considered an aid to psychotherapy (psychiatric counselling or therapy), because the hypnotic state allows people to explore painful thoughts, feelings, and memories they might have hidden from their conscious minds. In addition, hypnosis enables people to perceive some things differently, such as blocking an awareness of pain.

If you are looking for bespoke mental health support for your workplace, I can work with you to create it. Training, talks, resources and sessions for your workforce or staff, whatever you need to fit your organisation.


Please get in touch today:

Harley Street Therapy Clinic | 2 Harley Street | London W1G 9PA.


Rebecca Jones, Clinical Hypnotherapist & Consultant Rebecca Jones (M.A. DipPCH) is a Clinical Hypnotherapist & Consultant (GHR, GHSC) (GQHP, MAC) and CEO/Founder of 'Paris St. Cloud' & 'The Empire State of Mind'

Initially trained by Dr. Richard Bandler and Paul McKenna, & now a much trusted & highly valued part of their team, Rebecca is a highly sought-after expert in her field. Rebecca is an inspirational therapist and consultant with her thriving practice in Harley Street London and a successful clinic on Deansgate in Manchester; Rebecca is an inspirational therapist & consultant.

An honoree of both the Global 500 Award, and also the CREA Global Awards, Rebecca received both these prestigious awards in recognition of her innovative ideas, resourcefulness, and her achievements and accomplishments in the areas of mental health and therapy work. Other award winners included the incredible global celebrity, Oprah Winfrey.

Rebecca works globally with clients across the world. Also, with a clinic on Fifth Avenue, NYC, USA, Rebecca works with International clients F2F and online virtually worldwide. ments and Government Officials, United Nations, British Council, OECD, Diplomats, Silicon Valley, and more.s, private and corporate clients alike, to build better lives, redesign their futures, and create personal freedom today!



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