“ Mental Health Problems are common. In any one year approximately 1 in 4 British adults experience at least one diagnosable mental health problem, and the World Health Organisation forecasts that by 2020 depression will be the second leading contributor to the global burden on disease. The long-standing stigma around mental health problems means that many people have a limited understanding of mental ill health. ”
Employers were given some top tips for dealing with mental ill health in the workplace. These included:
Cover health management in interviews and induction to demonstrate that it is part of the workplace culture;
Don’t be frightened to confront mental health issues;
Build a culture of openness and take disclosure seriously.
At the event, break out sessions allowed delegates to share the challenges they face with mental health issues in their workplaces and to look at potential solutions with expertise from the SEPT and Mental Health First Aid presenters.
“ I just want to say how impressed I was with yesterday’s event. It was fantastic. All the speakers were incredibly inspiring and so brave to share their personal stories – they were so thought provoking. It has made me look at my work-life balance and my staff. Sometimes we are all too busy to notice the signs. ”
Here are some of the ideas and feedback from the break out sessions:
Workplaces should develop their own resource pack where colleagues and employees can be sign-posted for support
Create a culture of openness so that individuals can talk about their mental ill health issues
Promote mental health champions in the workplace and provide them with the training and skills to be able to recognise the signs and symptoms of mental ill health
Raise awareness of mental ill health through ‘bite size’ training sessions
Look at self-help solutions for example: Mindfulness and CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy) such as Mood Gym
Download the presentations from the event below.