According to statistics by the Government’s Department of Health, one in four of us will experience mental health issues at some point in our lives. This is a growing statistic and employees cannot afford to ignore the issues surrounding mental health in the workplace any longer.
Understanding is the first stage in a successful management strategy. Mental health affects every aspect of what we do, how we act and behave. Issues and concerns in relation to mental health amongst a team can have a detrimental effect on productivity and morale. Stress, for example, which is clearly linked to mental health, is the biggest reason cited for long term absence.
Having a Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) in place will help identify and support colleagues affected by mental health issues. Having one or more MHFA trained team members will allow you to identify issues and address any concerns, providing vital support and recognition.
Employers must consider the wider culture and ethos on which their business is built. Look at ways to cultivate and sustain a healthy and happy working environment. Consider working hours, flexibility, communication, expectations and identify areas where staff may feel under pressure or under supported.
Working with recognised mental health training business such as Body Focus will provide you with the skills and a wider understanding of how to deal with these issues.