By Yasmin Choudhury
Founder of Lovedesh, British Luxury With Heart
Get your raincoat on. In 2019 I want to see Mental Health become common place in the workplace. Ok, so I have a selfish reason too. As I suffer from Complex PTSD and bit stressed as am finally due to launch my dream start up.
Before I get into sharing why business and mental health is screwed, a bit about me....
Welcome to MsYiY
So am in London. I am a lone mother to a lovely teenager. And am also about to embark on my dream, having helped raised her and emerged from some serious bad times.
Now my new website is up and running. Hurrah! Am so happy. I can share my progress. And who knew, that as the Turkey got eaten, the Xmas TV is over, I find I am sitting down in in the early hours of New Year's Eve, just in time to write about the panic and crazy times that will renew next year, in the Choudhury household. But the first subject I want to get off my chest is this.
The thing is, in November 2018, Guardian article mentioned "Business leaders and unions have called for mental health to be given the same weight as physical first aid in workplace legislation."
What a joke. That is not happening. Nobody is coming for you. Or me. We are stranded and the only help is if you help yourself.
So please, y'all, you need to hang on to your hat (and me, mine) as rather than waiting for help to arrive, I learned these tips. Should you be insane enough to handle mental wellbeing and stay surviving in the cut throat sector of startups. As let us face it, if you have a 9 to 5 job in corporate world they will be more sympathetic to you then potential partners, buyers you are chasing to impress as a start up.
Here are some 2019 suggestions and promises I plan to make to ensure I win in business and look after myself.