Mental Health in the Workplace

Debbie AnstisPosted 21 April 2017 By Debbie Anstis, Health & Safety Consultant In Academy Schools Business Business Improvement Business Recovery & Insolvency Charity Construction Contractors Corporate Finance Elite Payroll Environmental Forensic Services Health & Safety Human Resources In House Leisure and Tourism Manufacturing Professional Practices Rural and Landed Estates Solicitors Taxation

Mental health has been a significant talking point in the last year, with many people affected on a daily basis.

  • 54% of directors have been spoken to staff about mental health concerns including feelings of burn out 
  • 1 in 10 adults have severe mental disorder symptoms 
  • 1 in 5 adults has had suicidal thoughts at one time in their life 
  • 1 in 20 currently suffer from acute Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Men in low skilled occupations have a 44% higher risk of suicide than the national average 
  • 1 in 6 adults in the UK has experienced a common mental disorder – 10 times the number of people that attend professional football matches every weekend

Frightening facts, but all a part of a recent collection of survey’s regarding the state of mental wellness in the UK.

To try and help support people, the Institute of Directors has launched - with the support of the Royal Family - a campaign to raise awareness of this often-secret issue. Companies are often ill prepared to help staff or even board members, when this situation is discussed with them.

Recognising that a colleague or family member has a problem is often the biggest step for both parties and there are many ways to support that person during this period. Regular work planning sessions or informal chats should all be part of the management process. Finding somewhere neutral and ensuring the meeting is non-judgemental will help all parties. Small adjustments to working days, tasks or jobs may make the largest difference in the longer term. The key to this is to talk and keep communication open, and don’t assume everyone is the same. What may affect one person may not affect another.

Open the conversation in general to staff and start thinking of a policy that you can put in place to communicate to everyone. Peta Fry and I can help you in this process if you need support.

To discuss this or anything else, please email Debbie Anstis or Peta Fry, or give them a call on 01793 818300.

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