The Health & Safety Executive report that one in four people in the UK will have a mental health problem at some point. However, some people will suffer in silence.
Home life events such as money worries, family issues, bereavements, etc. are often a catalyst for mental health problems such as anxiety, stress and depression but can also be caused by events at work.
It is in an employer’s interest to encourage employees to be open and speak up if they believe they are at risk. Mental health issues don’t stop at the company door. As an employer, you may see signs of mental health problems emerging in employees. It could be a change in their behaviour or attitude at work. It could be increased sick days or regularly arriving late for work.
Remember, although it may not be work that is the cause of stress, etc. the employee is bringing the problem to work, and employers have a legal responsibility to help their employees. Informal private chats may help identify any problems an employee may be having if they are willing to open up to you as their employer.
Employers, and Managers in particular, should understand the options available to them. Employees may not want to speak to management about their problems. Suggest they speak to their GP, or if your company has one, they could speak with a Mental Health First Aider or Employee Assistance programme helpline.
As people experts, we are Mental Health First Aiders and so can step in to guide you or your employees towards a more positive mental health.
We also run workshops to help your Managers increase their awareness of Mental Health in the Workplace, check our website for upcoming events www.questconsultingservices.co.uk
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