My friend and business partner Rob Cave once said: ‘It’s no use therapy hiding away. We must go to people’s place of work. It’s where they spend most of their lives!’
So with Rob’s words in my ear, as both CEO of The Mind Clinic and in a private capacity, I have worked onsite with many organisations and businesses, promoting mental well-being among their staff, both through one-to-one sessions (over one thousand to date) and development days.
My clients, past and present, include Southampton City Council; the NHS in various hospitals; Hurstpierpoint College; Seaford College; Eastbourne College; Abel & Cole; MRL Recruitment; Posturite; Expand Executive Search; Stanways Headteachers Consortium; Freddies Flowers, ABN AMRO and ING banks, to name but a few.
Why is mind health important in business? Stress, depression and anxiety all impact on the workplace and the effects are often destructive, with in-house relationships, performance and morale affected; and stress-related absenteeism. For this reason, care of the staff’s mental health is increasingly recognised as crucial by enlightened leaders and CEOs. I offer organisations and their employees, safe, confidential and insightful space in their work setting:
This work includes:
Onsite one-to-one support for staff
Ongoing work supervision offsite
One-to-one care of individuals in crisis
Development days around mind care, conflict, self-awareness, mindfulness and resilience
If you are considering business consultancy and would like to talk about it, please contact me here.
‘My name is Islay Downey. I’m Senior Parenting Practitioner for Southampton City Council and until I started meeting with Simon, I hadn’t appreciated the importance of receiving regular support. Simon’s ability to get to the root of situations is second to none. He allowed me the space to look at relationships within the work setting and the impact my home life was having on my work and vice versa. The result has been improved work output and a better work-life balance. I am now able to remain calm in situations and can take time to respond rather than react. My team has a manager they respect and can trust with their emotions. I cannot recommend Simon strongly enough. What he offers is badly needed in many work settings.’
‘My name is Marisa Bouman. I am a Senior Occupational Therapist working in Forensic Mental Health in London. I have responsibility for a team of ten staff. What’s my experience of working with Simon? Extremely beneficial. The World Health Organisation says ‘there’s no health without mental health’, and this is so true at work. I decided to receive support from Simon at my own expense because what he offers enables me to remain in my job. We’re simply more productive when we’re awake to life and I believe having a safe therapeutic space to explore worries, concerns and difficult interpersonal dynamics is essential for a good life. The benefit to my employer is that I’ve stayed productive in an incredibly demanding and broken system. After six months of seeing Simon I was required to review the change in hours that this support necessitated. At this review my manager said, “Whatever you’re doing, keep doing it – it’s working.”’
Doctor, NHS, Brighton: ‘Simon was amazing. Couldn’t have asked for anyone better and made me feel comfortable. This was the first time I had ever done anything like this.’
Headteacher, Sussex: ‘Thanks, Simon, for all your great work and wise engagement with folk here. Hugely appreciated.’
Nurse, NHS, Brighton: ‘Definitely a valuable resource and has been extremely beneficial to me as a nurse.’