Anxiety, stress, and worry are emotions many of us may have felt over the last 12 months. With employees having to adapt to significant changes, including working from home, home-schooling and social restrictions, the importance of mental health in the workplace has never been so important.
This week marks Mental Health Awareness Week which serves to raise awareness about mental health and stand up against stigma and negative stereotypes. As part of this, Kieran Quinlan, a transformation coach and owner of the Pit Gym, delivered a talk to HealthTrust Europe colleagues, sharing his powerful story and providing hints and tips on supporting good mental health through diet and exercise.
Kieran was the victim of a vicious knife attack at the age of 17, whereby he was given a one-percentage chance of survival and his heart stopped three times on the operating table. Whilst recovery was a difficult path which affected Kieran’s physical and mental health, he channelled his energy and passion into the world of bodybuilding and soon became an influential anti-knife crime ambassador, regularly giving school lectures about the perils of knife crime.
Through hard work and adopting a positive mindset, Kieran then went on to open his own fitness centre based in Birmingham city centre, which has transformed the bodies and minds of thousands of clients across the UK over the last 8 years.
Dale Robinson, HealthTrust Europe Chief Operating Officer said:
“We would like to thank Kieran for having the courage to share his story and using his experience of mental health difficulties to inspire others. With one in four people experiencing mental health problems in England, paying attention to mental health in the workplace has never been so important, particularly during the Covid-19 pandemic.”
“We have implemented a series of measures at HealthTrust Europe to support our colleague’s wellbeing during these unprecedented times, such as a ‘work-free’ zone on Microsoft Teams where amusing content can be shared and virtual quizzes to maintain social interaction. We will continue to do all we can to ensure employee’s feel happy and healthy at work.”