Mental health in the workplace

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The importance of looking after staff wellbeing is a priority for many employers these days, with many understanding that having a mentally healthy workplace is vital for success. Not only is it good for business, but there are now legal responsibilities around awareness of mental health.
Fostering a positive atmosphere

Mental health charity Mind says that all employers rely on productive and healthy employees and that if they feel supported and valued, the chances of your business succeeding increase.

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This means that it’s in an employer’s interests to help their staff look after their wellbeing and manage stress. First aid training has always been in place, but many businesses now also provide mental health training courses for employees.

There are many training course providers, such as, who are experts in helping people manage self-care, resulting in more motivated staff, increased productivity and a reduction in staff absence.

What does the law say?

Legally, employers must deal with work-related stress. In 2017, the Health and Safety Executive published a set of ‘Core Standards’, outlining a framework of actions recommended for all employers, regardless of the size of their business.

Mental health training courses reflect these standards which include not only promoting mental health but also preventing discrimination for those with mental health conditions. This focus on mental wellbeing is part of an employer’s duty to provide a safe, healthy working environment.

How to do it

In the modern world of hybrid working, it can be a challenge, but employers should make the work environment an open and safe place where staff feel able to discuss mental health and are supported in doing so. If they don’t already have one, they should put a mental health strategy in place which sets out the framework for achieving this.

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