As part of Mental Health Awareness Week 2019, accountancy firm Nixon Williams has produced a list of top tips for contractors in partnership with the Samaritans
Specialist contractor accountancy provider Nixon Williams has drawn up a list of seven mental health and wellbeing tips specifically for freelancers, contractors and consultants to coincide with Mental Health Awareness Week 2019.
The tips have been created in partnership with the Samaritans – the firm’s chosen charity partner for the year – and are designed to help prevent isolation and loneliness amongst workers who can often find themselves spending time away from home, on their own and working in new environments.
Mental Health Awareness Week runs from 13-19 May and aims to inspire action to promote the message of good mental health for all, whilst also helping to build more awareness of what to look for when it comes to mental health issues.
James Lawton-Hill, Director of Marketing at Nixon Williams, said: “Traditionally, contractors have less professional support around them as they’re not always able to access the services offered by the companies they work with, which can make them vulnerable to workplace stress.
“They often have no immediate access to teammates, line managers or HR to fall back on when times get tough, and it can sometimes be difficult to know where to turn for help.
“We’ve produced these seven tips for contractors in partnership with the Samaritans to coincide with Mental Health Awareness Week, but our support goes beyond just this one week.
“Working with the team at the Samaritans, we’re committed to doing more to promote better mental health for the UK’s self-employed workforce, who are such a vital component of our economy.”
The seven tips have been published on a dedicated website, set up in partnership with Samaritans to support contractors with ideas of where to seek help when times get tough – www.nixonwilliams.com/free-resources/contractor-support
The top tips are as follows:
Nixon Williams, which has its headquarters in Blackpool, provides accountancy services for freelancers, contractors and consultants, and as part of its Samaritans link-up is committed to producing to promoting better mental health for the UK’s self-employed workforce.
A recent report by Business in the Community found that 60% of people have experienced a mental health issue where work was a contributory factor.
The study also found that mental health issues such as stress, depression and anxiety contribute to around 15.8 million days of sickness absence each year, with work-related mental health costing UK employers £35 billion a year.
Samaritans was founded in 1953 in London and partners with organisations to support those in need. They have 201 branches across the UK and every six seconds, someone contacts them for help.
Ruth Sutherland, CEO of Samaritans, said: “Self-employed workers in the UK can be under a lot of pressure – whether that’s through trying to impress in a contracting role, a freelance project or growing their own business – and often they may feel that they have no-one they can talk to about their professional worries.”
“This can lead to stress and problems with mental health so it’s vital that we try to look for ways to prevent that happening and ensure that effective, accessible and relevant support is available when people need it.”