Mental Health in the Workplace

Tackling Mental Health issues at Work

Did you know one in four suffer mental health problems during their lives? According to Mind, more than one in five agreed that they have called in sick to avoid work when asked how workplace stress had affected them.

So, even though it is very common, why do people still find it very difficult to talk about?

Mind states that 30% of staff disagreed with the below statement…

“I would feel able to talk openly with my line manager if I was feeling stressed.”

56% of employers said they would like to do more to improve staff well-being but don’t feel they have the right training or guidance.

Firstly, let’s find out what mental health actually is…

Mental health is the mental and emotional state in which we feel able to cope with the normal stresses of everyday life.

If we are feeling good about ourselves we often work productively, interact well with colleagues and make a valuable contribution to our team or workplace.

You may feel down, feel anxious, depressed or in some severe cases bipolar disorder and schizophrenia.

A Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development study has highlighted the impact on business of poor mental health in employees:

  • 37% of sufferers are more likely to get into conflict with colleagues
  • 57% find it harder to juggle multiple tasks
  • 80% find it difficult to concentrate
  • 62% take longer to do tasks
  • 50% are potentially less patient with customers.

The study also found that for the first time; stress is now the major cause of long-term absence in manual and non-manual workers.

So, what could potentially trigger stress and mental health in the workplace?

  • Long hours and no breaks
  • Unrealistic expectations or deadlines
  • A poor physical working environment
  • Unmanageable workloads
  • A poor physical working environment
  • Job insecurity or poor managerial support.

How should you go about promoting well-being in the workplace?

Embed mental health in induction training
Ensure staff are given information on how mental health is managed and what support is available as part of your induction.

Raise the profile
Why not invite a speaker on mental health to an event as part of activities for diversity, disability or mental health awareness.

Make the most of internal communications
Raise awareness through blogs, posters, noticeboards, newsletters etc.

A good work / life balance
Work sensible hours, take full lunch breaks, try and avoid working at weekends.

Safety Media’s Mental Health Legislation course looks at the Mental Health Act and its implications for organisations, patients and their reviews.

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Course chapters include; The Act and Mental Health Disorders, Organisations and Patients.

This course is perfect for those who want to gain more of an understanding regarding Mental Health.

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