Despite the fact that a lot has been written about mental health in the workplace over the months, this article, named 'Taking Care Of Your Employees By Supporting Mental Health In The Work Environment', attempts to delve deeper into this involved subject. Although this could be ancient news for some people, it is totally relevant for the rest of society.

Recent guidelines produced and updated by the Health and Safety Executive encourages workplaces to consider the addition of mental health first aiders within the portfolio of support given to employees. Here are some tips and advice on how we can keep on top of our mental wellbeing and cope during times of uncertainty. And when it does get dark, try to keep your living space well lit so that youre not straining your eyes. This means keeping staff informed on the steps you are taking as a business and giving advice on how to stay hygienic and safe around others. There are many factors to consider including the impact of the lockdown and ongoing restrictions such as social distancing and self-isolation.

However, late nights and pressure coming from every direction, can lead to some employees to become either mentally, emotionally or physically exhausted. We have information here on how you can work with us, things you can do yourself and in your organisations, as well as all the key informationyou need to know to make sure stigma and discrimination doesn't exist in your workplace. And your employees will see you playing a role in helping them to be their best selves. You might not be talking about it, because managing and supporting mental health at work is still a taboo subject.

For trade union representatives MHFA is probably not the most suitable training. Be careful with work functions that include drinking. As a society, we dont tend to know how to take care of our mental health like we do our physical health. The Open Up campaign is relatively simple in concept as it aims to encourage conversations about mental health. There are small, simple steps you can take to make dealing with depression at work something that people can talk about.

The tool kit recommends ways to reduce the stigma associated with mental illness, including a list of stigmatizing language to avoid. Give yourselves plenty of time to talk and let the other person lead. Government needs to be ready for legislation if were not seeing. Build physical activity into your daily routine, if possible. Whether you work with 10 people, 10000 people or just yourself, paying attention to workplace mental health has never been more important.

Mental health is the mental and emotional state in which we feel able to cope with normal pressures of everyday life. They helped oversee and shape the development of the site to ensure it meets the needs of employees and employers across the UK. Again, it is all about finding the balance. An employees position on the wellbeing continuum is neither inevitable nor fixed. Talking about workplace wellbeing initiatives is a good step forward.

Adjusting to these changes, especially on the fly and in an uncertain environment, has been difficult for many. If your stress has been caused only by a reaction to difficulties at work, it is unlikely in itself to be classed as a disability. It outperforms many other self-report measures of common mental health symptoms and as a result, has been used in a number of large-scale population health surveys. What support can I get? The Access to Work Mental Health Support Service helps you support your employees with a confidential service designed around their needs and daily routine. Recent reports have discovered a crisis around mental health first aid in the workplace today.

Technology enables us to work from home a lot more and were losing that coffee-room chat that keeps us connected so we can actually look out for our colleagues and notice when theyre out of sorts. This sum is likely to outweigh the cost of implementing a mental health programme, staff training or more inclusive company policies. If an employee has taken risks that seem out of character, or appears to be making more impulsive decisions without thinking through the consequences, this can be an implication of bipolar disorder or schizophrenia. The fear and uncertainty about the risk of infection many feel for themselves and their loved ones is exacerbated by many other pressures on people.

This blog post was written by Ethan Robinson. I have an interest in mental health in the workplace and regularly put pen to paper for other publications and magazines. I've been in the game for over a decade, but it feels a lot longer.. When I'm not writing, I enjoy Canoeing and Drawing. Follow me on Twitter or LinkedIn