Mental health issues are a major cause of long-term absence in the workplace, with 1 in 4 people in the UK likely to experience a mental health issue each year. However, there is still misunderstanding and stigma around mental health.
Employers need to promote positive mental health, be able to spot the signs and provide support for employees who are struggling with mental ill health.
We believe that investing in employee wellbeing is crucial to maintaining a happy and healthy workforce. An open and supportive culture towards positive mental health needs to be set from the top down, with mangers feeling confident and competent enough to have conversations with their staff about their mental health, along with having the ability to signpost them to specialist support if needed.
Employees need to know how to access support provided by their organisation, even if they do not want to disclose issues directly to their line manager. You may also want to consider offering mental health days, which allow employees who might be struggling with mental health issues and are at risk of becoming ill to take some time out.
6 steps for managing mental health in the workplace
To help you get started, we’ve outlined some simple changes that can be made to help make your employees feel more comfortable in disclosing mental health issues at work, and how it can be effectively managed:
Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Training with Westfield Health
We are running Adult MHFA training courses suitable for organisations of all sizes at our head office in Sheffield. The courses, priced at £325 plus VAT per place, are running on the following dates:
21 and 22 February 2019
7 and 8 March 2019
25 and 26 April 2019
60 Charter Row
To book your space, call us on 03332 223 060 or email firstname.lastname@example.org