This week is Mental Health Awareness Week and we are marking it with a series of top tips on ways of improving mental health in the workplace and supporting those who experience mental ill health.
Taking steps to promote positive mental health can benefit individuals and organisations alike. It can help with employee retention, performance and sickness absence levels.
Top Tip #1: Promote Mental Health Awareness and Create a Culture of Openness
Mental health is still a subject that people can find difficult to talk about, particularly in the workplace. Mental Health Awareness Week is a good opportunity to get people in your organisation thinking and talking about mental health.
If employees feel they will be supported, they are more likely to share any concerns they have regarding their mental health and to reach out for help when they need it. With this in mind, you might want to think about:
- Training managers to be able to have a basic conversation regarding mental health;
- Having a mental health champion in the workplace. This is usually someone who has completed appropriate training to understand common mental health issues and support positive wellbeing, can spot the signs of mental ill health and who is able to provide initial help and signposting.
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