Mental Health in the Workplace

Mental Health in the Workplace

Mental Health in the Workplace

Over the last few years we have seen a growing need to discuss mental health, and an increase in demand for change in our workplaces.

As part of World Mental Health Day, ACAS released their latest guide:

‘Promoting positive mental health in the workplace’.

Additional online resources are available from ACAS, which employers will find worthwhile. These include:

Dealing with stress in the workplace

Managing staff experiencing mental ill health

Approaching a sensitive conversation regarding mental ill health

With a growing impact on businesses, and those within it, employers need to become more confident in dealing with mental health conversations.. Wellbeing also needs to be high on the agenda to avoid causing poor ill health, loss of staff, and potential tribunal claims.

One recommendation by ACAS is to introduce a new mental health policy. Like all policies, continuous training and implementation is key, to make a difference to the culture of an organisation.  Our recommendations also include mental health champions, mental health first aid training, and leading from the top.

If you would like further support in drafting, or implementing a suitable mental health policy, please do get in touch with Simona Hamblet at simona@shlaw.co.uk

If you are struggling with mental ill health, please talk to a professional. You can also call the Samaritans 116 123 (free) or email them at jo@samaritans.org.uk .

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