10 Mar 2016

Plexus: Digital resources to improve personal wellbeing in the workplace

By Guest

In the run-up to Demo Day we are profiling each of the nine teams that are currently going through the BGV programme. For this post, we sat down with Martin and Sam from Plexus, which provides a range of digital resources to empower workplace wellbeing.

What’s the problem you are trying to solve?

Martin: There’s a systemic problem still with attitudes towards mental health. 13.6 million working days were lost last year due to stress alone. Plus it’s estimated that mental health issues are costing the UK economy over £70 billion a year.

What’s your solution?

Martin: We don’t believe that there is a single solution, and so we are trying to create a collection of digital resources that will empower workplace wellbeing. We want to get people thinking about their mental health and wellbeing in the workplace before problems arise.

Sam: So the first resource we released is called ‘Grace’. It’s an SMS service that asks you how your day is at certain times. It allows you to anonymously record your thoughts and feelings around what’s happening in your life. Every week we send out a newsletter with feedback on how your week has gone, and you can log in to the knowledge hub to gain more detailed information.

Martin: Our core theory for all the resources is centred around three things; reflect, review and learn. The idea is that we can give people helpful suggestions that they can incorporate into their day-to-day lives.

What’s your experience with the problem?

Martin: I have a family member who has had some pretty substantial problems with depression, anxiety and stress that stemmed from problems in the workplace. It took a number of years before they were able to return to work full time, and I could see first hand what a strain these issues could place on the person and those around them. If we could better support people earlier on, perhaps some of that could be avoided.

How do you see this impacting the lives of millions of people?

Sam: We’ve already talked a little bit about what a strain this problem has placed financially on the UK alone. Alongside the economic benefits our solutions would have, we see how being in work changes the emotional health of people – improving their self esteem, personal relationships and their ability to manage their conditions.

Martin: We want to help people reflect on their day and give them learnings that they can implement to empower them to make positive changes in their daily lives.

How can people get involved?

Sign up to become a beta tester via plexus.support or get in contact via info@plexus.support to find out more. If you’re interested in mental wellbeing we are also looking for writers for the journal section of our website.

Website: plexus.support
Twitter: @plexussupportuk
Email: info@plexus.support