Yesterday marked the 25th anniversary of World Mental Health Day and the theme for 2017 was Mental Health in the Workplace.
According to Mind, approximately 1 in 4 people in the UK will experience a mental health problem each year, so to put it in to perspective, if you work in a company of 40 employees, approximately 10 of these employees will be affected by mental health issues at any one time.
Working conditions and the working environment can have a huge impact on an employee’s mental health. Mental health can also have a huge impact on whether they can perform well in their job.
According to the Mental Health Foundation, having better mental health support in the workplace can save UK businesses up to £8 billion per year.
Evidence also suggests that 12.7% of all sickness absence days in the UK can be attributed to mental health conditions.
How to tackle mental health in the workplace?
Promoting good mental well-being in the workplace is everybody’s responsibility. Poor mental well-being can result in repeated staff absences and make it difficult for individuals to work at their best. It is important to create an environment in which people feel comfortable, supported, and free from judgement.
Having a good work / life balance is key to leading a healthy lifestyle. Constant pressure and a poor work / life balance can lead to stress. It can reduce levels of productivity, performance, and morale and leave employees feeling overwhelmed.
Here are a few suggestions for promoting a good work / life balance:
- Encourage staff to take their full lunch breaks.
- Ensure employees have time to rest and recuperate.
- Discourage people from working at weekends, particularly from home.
- Make sure staff take their full annual leave entitlement.
Promoting these very simple tips within your workplace could have a very dramatic impact on those suffering with mental health problems.
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Source: Mind & Mental Health Foundation