mental health and well-being

It is recognised that performance and effectiveness at work is dependent on mental health and well-being. With as many as one in four of us experiencing problems with our mental health in the course of a year, organisations understand that this is an important issue for them and their staff.

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Mental health and well-being has moved up the agenda for employers. Growing research demonstrates the importance of mental health and well-being in relation to our performance and effectiveness at work. There are clear links between our physical and mental health that further supports the case for protecting mental health and well-being at work too. Poor mental health is associated with an increased risk of diseases such as cardiovascular disease, cancer and diabetes, while good mental health is a known protective factor. Poor physical health also increases the risk of people developing mental health problems.
Stress, depression and anxiety are reported as the most common reasons for staff absence – however, some of the mental health absence that is work related could be prevented. Evidence shows that there are a number of simple, cost effective ways to support employee mental health and well-being.

Measures to support and protect mental health and well-being

  • Flexible working options
  • Effectively 'mental health' trained managers
  • Raising awareness and creating an open culture to discuss mental health
  • Involving employees in decision making
  • Integrating mental health and well-being throughout policies and procedures
  • Introducing stress risk management procedures
  • Providing access to employee assistance programmes and occupational health
  • Having regular meetings with managers
  • Introducing performance management processes
  • Conducting return to work interviews.

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