According to research carried out by mental health charity, Mind, at least one in six workers experiences common mental health problems including anxiety and depression. But despite being alarmingly commonplace, it remains a complex subject prone to stigma and taboo.
Lack of support and training, inadequate resources and general workplace stress can all contribute to the worsening of employee mental health, and will ultimately have an impact on the overall success of your business.
We’ve compiled a list of useful online resources to help you and your staff to understand mental health and what can be done within the workplace.
Mental health charity Mind has teamed up with the FSB to create a collection of resources designed specifically to tackle the unique challenges that come with running a small business. There are three e-learning modules as well as a business handbook, training for employees and more. Well worth checking out.
This is a comprehensive guide in an easy to digest one page format. It covers everything from defining mental health, the steps you can take to support your employees’ mental health at work, some legal information and related further reading. You do have to sign up to the CIPD website to access the content, but it’s free and only takes a couple of minutes.
As well as teaming up with the FSB to provide the above resources, Mind also goes above and beyond to provide similarly useful content on its own website, including these webinars. These touch on a few different ways to approach discussions around mental health in the workplace, and you can sign up for a quarterly email newsletter to find out more.
If you’re after a one-stop mental health awareness toolkit, look no further. Everything on this page centres around a strategy called ‘Working through it’ which provides an outline for you to have an awareness session with your employees. The website has advice on how to bring up this sensitive topic, case studies, and free weekly emails that you can sign up for and forward to your staff.
Time To Change is challenging the perceptions of, and misconceptions around, mental health.
As part of its vocation, the charity is helping to improve mental health awareness and removing the stigmas associated with the subject.
Their website contains plenty of great resources ranging from awareness and communication materials (such as posters) to reports and publications across a range of subjects and a directory to mental health support services.
Don’t forget to take a look at the official Mental Health Foundation website to find out how you can get involved with Mental Health Awareness Week. We’d also recommend having a browse of the European Network for Workplace Health Promotion website – they’ve got several additional resources.