No-one knows what is going to happen when Britain is separated from its partners in the EU. However, we do know that different groups of people across Britain are responding very differently to the ‘B’ word. Is this affecting your people’s mental health?
The ‘B’ word hangs over so many of people’s day to day decisions: should you buy or sell your house? Get an EU passport because your Grandma was born in a different country? Move cities for security? These decisions and many more questions are arguably having an impact on the mental health of Britain.
However, some groups of people are affected in different ways to others, and this is causing fractures in the psyche of our nation. I’ve identified some parts of the country where the political crisis is taking a unique toll on mental well-being.
People in regions outside of London
While we all hope it’s not true, latest research suggests that post the ‘B’ word happening, people in: Northern Ireland, Wales, the Midlands and the North-East will be disproportionately affected.
Reports have highlighted concerns that these areas could face increased skill gaps, health inequalities and continuing issues around prosperity. In contrast, the psyche of these areas is being affected today because these areas voted in higher numbers for the ‘B’ word to happen. A juxtaposition in expectations and results is causing a clash in communities and impacting regional well-being.
People under 25
While we don’t like to discuss everyone between 18-25 as one group, when we know everyone has their own individual political view, there are trends we can identify. Research indicates that those under 25 are more likely to have voted remain and/or want to stay in the EU – this is in significant contrast to the statistics that say the older you are, the more likely you were to vote Leave.
So, what’s the results of this ideological shift? Younger people are more likely to be against the ‘B’ word than their parents, older siblings and bosses – causing generational conflict. Is the debate happening in your office? Your living-room?
People born in the EU
There has been a rise in EU nationals posting on social media announcing that the ‘B’ word has driven them to seek help for mental health issues, or in very severe cases, made them feel suicidal. EU citizens who reside in the UK have had nearly 3 years of inconsistency and uncertain messages from the government about their stay in Britain. Some who have lived in Britain for decades said this new climate has caused them to lose trust in the government and fear for their right to be in the country.
While people from the EU make a huge contribution to British society, they are after all our friends, colleagues and family – many feel otherwise. While many EU citizens have been integrated into this country for so long, achievement of this integration is seemingly taking backwards steps.
Hindsight allows us to look back over the past few years and analyse the shift in our nation’s psyche. But frankly, no one knew this was going to happen and no-one can truly know the future… but what you can do now, is prepare.
Do you have staff members who fall into a group more likely to be impacted in the shift of Britain’s psyche? Don’t let them feel unsupported, work-place mental health assistance will help individual growth and productivity, while at the same time – you just might help to repair the psyche of our nation.
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