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Poor mental health can lead to decreased productivity, lost revenue, low morale and diminished company reputation.
So, what can employers do to give their employees the Best Mental Health support in the workplace
Employees need a psychologically safe place. This translates as having a place where someone with a Mental Health problem can talk with feeling that they are being heard and supported
We probably don’t think that one day one of our colleagues won’t turn up for work, because he or she has taken their own life. This can be reality as the suicide rate is at its highest level in 50 years.
Last year a study into workplace well-being by the charity Mind found poor mental health is common, with nearly half of all people surveyed saying they have experienced a mental health problem in their current job.
Of more than 44,000 employees, only half of those who had experienced poor mental health had talked to their employer about it – suggesting as many as one in four UK workers is struggling in silence.
“A workplace should encourage open conversations about mental health. Having a workplace where colleagues feel like they can talk comfortably to one another about how they are feeling, certainly helps to build a better, positive environment,” says David Price, CEO of health and wellbeing service Health Assured. “This is an incredibly valuable culture to promote, as it prevents employees from bottling issues or emotions up, which could lead to further stress and anxiety.”
Approaching an employee whom is experiencing a Mental Health issue can be difficult for a untrained person and can bring the fear of making things worse.
At BraintrainersUK we have over 20 years of experience each in the area of Mental Health through working as Registered Mental Health Nurses, Cognitive Behavioral Therapists and Occupational Therapists. We have found our mental health clinics have been well received into the workplace as well as the CBT workshops. Contact us if you need further information
Reducing stigma in the workplace:
I’ll say it again – mental illness is a physical illness. You wouldn’t consider going up to someone suffering from Alzheimer’s to yell, “Come on, get with it, you remember where you left your keys?” Let us shout it from the rooftops until everyone gets the message; depression has nothing to do with having a bad day or being sad, it’s a killer if not taken seriously.”
Would you want to talk to your manager or colleague about a mental health problem when you have heard them talking about mental health in a negative way? 1 in 4 people will have a Mental Health illness and no one is immune from this happening to them, for example through losing their job, breakdown in a relationship and through a physical health condition that is causing chronic pain.
Continuous engagement and communication with management regarding mental health, anti-bullying, anti-discrimination and other related policies can change your culture to one of more openness, where people can discuss problems. Don’t underestimate the impact of a healthy work/life balance. As you implement significant mental health initiatives, you’ll help your workers discover a higher purpose to their work, creating more fulfillment, and thus improving overall employee mental health.
Reducing stigma can be through Mental Health Based Workshops ‘Stigma and empathy’ and Specific Mental Health disorders that assist staff in having more awareness of different types of mental health illness and what is empathy and how best can this be used
Improving the working environment
Ensuring good lighting and having access to natural light can have significant effects on the brain function, with poor lighting this produces employees having more headaches and increasing stress.
Looking at a plant in the corner that has been neglected, the office chair being old and uncomfortable to sit on, only having blank walls to look at, no pictures to brighten up the environment. Nowhere relaxing to go to for a break. Exeter University researchers published a study which found that offices that were missing some greenery and pictures produced a toxic environment and where companies made a simple change by adding greenery around the office found that half of the staff were performing better. So, it shows how small changes can make a big difference to your employees wanting to come to work for your company
Increasing activity and encouraging healthy eating
Both physical activity and outdoor settings reduce stress, anxiety and depression. Spending time exercising in a park leads to an increase in positive moods and a reduction in cortisol levels, a hormone released when the body feels stress.
How many people are guilty of only getting up from their desk to get a coffee, eating their lunch at their desk, and even working and eating at the same time.
Encouraging employees to get more active can improve their mental health, even if this is taking 10 minutes to go outside and have a walk around the carpark. Increasing exercise has an impact on the Serotonin in our brain that gives us a feel-good feeling. What about forming a walking lunchtime group? Where your employees can go for a walk with a colleague.
Having free fresh fruit placed near the kettle encouraging your employees to pick up a piece of fruit when they grab a coffee instead of biscuits thus encouraging better food choices
Introducing Mental health wellbeing into your team day with BraintrainersUK workshops is a good start in looking after your employees.
Providing a Pathway of Recovery
Developing a tailored made mental health program with BraintrainersUk can lower absenteeism, reduce turnover, and diminish negative behaviours. Companies have seen the benefits of having a positive reputation, which helps the company in recruitment and retention
For workers having a mental health issue, describe how the organisation will support them in getting help and in returning to work. If absent for a more extended period, keep in touch with them during their absence to monitor their progress and show your support As you implement significant mental health initiatives, you’ll help your workers discover a higher purpose to their work, creating more fulfillment, and thus improving overall employee mental health.
Provide support to your workers with mental health issues—the earlier, the better. Some critical areas of support according to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, include being there for them and helping them connect with others and with the proper resources. Support can start with an informal chat
On the business side, poor mental health can lead to decreased productivity, lost revenue, low morale and diminished company reputation.
At BraintrainersUk.co.uk we can help with retaining your employees in the workplace as well as when they are absent from work through Mental Health problems with our individual Cognitive Behavioral Therapy package