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Yesterday marked World Mental Health Day (WMHD) which is designed to raise awareness of mental health issues.
We wanted to touch on the subject of mental health issues in the workplace as it is often overlooked and not recognised.
Mental health still has a social stigma attached to it that contributes to people not talking about their mental health issues, as they fear discrimination and negatives affects, both at work and in their personal lives.
Mental health is common, affecting thousands of people through the UK, with 1 in 4 people experiencing a mental health problem at some point in their life. For many of us work is a major part of our lives where we spend a large proportion of our time.
There are various reasons why we need to understand and recognise the signs of mental health as they have a huge impact on the workplace. We need to understand what characteristics are associated with mental health issues and how to spot them as a individuals may not willingly open up about their issues;
A few signs to look for are:
Stress within the workplace is one of the biggest triggers for mental health issues. Stress management should be looked at and reviewed regularly to understand how staff are coping with workloads, deadlines and other work tasks. Stress Awareness training is a great way of understanding what to look for and how to deal with the stress of employees within the workplace.
Our Stress Awareness training course shows you how to take positive steps to prevent stress; it looks at how to stay in control when the pressure is mounting and highlights the tell-tale signs to help you recognise problems before they become serious.
Our course provides strategies to put in place to prevent pressure getting out of control - suggesting ways to change daily routines and learned behaviours to allow a better and more productive working life.
Find our Stress Awareness Training Course HERE
There are other factors which can contribute to mental health issues, such as bereavement, divorce, health scares, financial worry, and poor working relationships etc. but as an employer you can do your bit by knowing what to look for, talking to people and having a plan in place to help with any issues relating to mental health by implementing a Wellness Action Plan.
A wellness action plan is designed to help employers and employees share what keeps them well at work and understand what may trigger mental health issues. It should be in place to improve wellbeing and support the recovery of issues in employees. Wellness Action Plan guides can be found at mind.org.uk
It’s okay, not to be okay. #timetochange
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