Approximately one in four people in the UK will experience a mental health problem each year. This could be due to personal issues going on outside of work, or perhaps a problem at work that could be solved using simple communication. With World Mental Health Day in mind, there are many ways you can support your employees’ mental wellbeing.
Don’t be afraid to approach the subject
The topic of mental health is often considered a taboo and is avoided frequently – but it doesn’t have to be. Try to approach the subject with your employees in a non-intrusive way to let them know they’re mental wellbeing is valued; they’re an asset, not a cost. Use awareness days as a trigger to discuss mental health and related topics.
Offer wellness-orientated benefit programmes
Wellness-orientated programmes are a great way to reduce stress and anxiety in the workplace. Offering in-house massages is one of the simplest ways employers can support workers to manage stress and show them they care about their wellbeing.
Very few managers are trained to understand what exactly mental health is and the different ways to prevent it from affecting people in their everyday life. Create office spaces for discussion and encourage staff to open up to their managers or colleagues about any problems. Taking the time to educate managers on this will give them the confidence to respond and know what to do if an employee asks for help.
So many of us are affected by our mental health at some point in our lives, yet it is still considered an awkward conversation. Think about raising awareness within your organisation, whether it is holding a team lunch, inviting a speaker, or going on a wellness walk to mark World Metal Health day on 10th October. Simply encouraging people to normalise talking about mental health can help someone open up.
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