If an employee has a mental health issue, it’s important their employer takes it seriously. For example, it’s a good idea to talk to the employee to find out what support they might need at work.
There are many types of mental health issue. An issue can happen suddenly, because of a specific event in someone’s life, it can build up gradually over time or a person may have been born with it.
Common mental health conditions include:
- Stress (this is not classed as a medical condition but it can still have a serious impact on wellbeing)
Less common mental health conditions include:
- Bipolar disorder
- Schizoaffective disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Obsessive compulsive disorder
Many people that suffer with mental health conditions do not just have one and misdiagnosis is common.
To cope with mental health conditions takes insight and to help those that have them in the workplace takes compassion and understanding.
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OUR MENTAL HEALTH PARTNERS INCLUDE:
Wearing the Hidden Disabilities Sunflower discreetly indicates to people around you including staff, colleagues and health professionals that you may need additional support, help or a little more time. Read more...
#workplacementalhealth cultures. Workplace coach individuals with mental health challenges who want to perform to their best. Read more...
Mind provide advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. Mind campaign to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding. Read more...
Employers have a ‘duty of care’. This means they must do all they reasonably can to support their employees’ health, safety and wellbeing. This includes:
- Making sure the working environment is safe
- Protecting staff from discrimination
- Carrying out risk assessments
Why talking openly about mental health is important
If staff feel they can talk openly about mental health, problems are less likely to build up. This could lead to:
- Less time off for a mental health issue
- Improved morale in the workplace
- Higher staff retention rates
Creating a supportive environment
It’s helpful if employers create an environment where staff feel able to talk openly about mental health.
- Treating mental and physical health as equally important
- Making sure employees have regular one-to-ones with their managers to talk about any problems they’re having
- Encouraging positive mental health, for example, arranging mental health awareness training, workshops or appointing mental health ‘champions’ who staff can talk to
Employers can find out more about promoting positive mental health at work, including:
- Understanding mental health
- Creating a mental health strategy
- Educating the workforce
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Having to deal with a mental health condition can be tiring and stressful, having an employer that doesn’t support it in the workplace compounds the issue and ultimately leads to an unproductive organisation and an unhealthy work environment.
By creating an open and supportive culture that gives individuals the space to manage their personal needs you create a more inclusive space which leads to greater employee engagement.