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Supporting Mental Health at Work

Health & Safety

Mental health problems are common in the workplace and it is the leading cause of sickness absence. A staggering 70 million workdays are lost each year due to mental health problems in the UK, costing employers approximately £2.4 billion per year.

A new survey of 2,000 workers which was commissioned by the Mental Health Foundation for World Mental Health Day (Tuesday 10th October) has revealed that 38% of British workers wouldn’t talk openly about a mental health problem for fear it would affect their job prospects or job security.

The survey also polled 1,000 managers and found that almost a quarter said there is no established protocol or procedure to follow if staff have concerns about their mental health. 

The Mental Health Foundation's checklist for employers includes:

  • Training opportunities for line managers on how to support staff with mental health problems as well as stress management across the board
  • Reasonable adjustments to a person's work pattern to remove barriers and allow them to stay in work
  • Mental health embedded in company policies which recognise the mental health needs and wellbeing of staff
  • Senior leaders responsible for leading mental health activities, such as mental health awareness sessions, with all managers engaged in the activity
  • Regular staff surveys to build data about staff mental health, using findings to plan and deliver action and inform workplace policies
  • Encourage staff to report discrimination or harassment they face and to blow the whistle on discrimination they witness
  • Endorse national and local anti-stigma initiatives like See Me.

Why not contact our Elaine,  to discuss training needs you may consider necessary in your business.  Through her interest in employee wellbeing, Elaine has developed mental health awareness training for clients and is a recognized Scottish Mental Health First Aid trainer. Elaine is a Chartered Fellow of the C.I.P.D and a registered workplace mediator. 

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