Mental Health in the Workplace

Mental Health in the Workplace

In 2017, Theresa May commissioned an independent review[1] in the relationship between employees and their Mental health and the support offered to them by their employers.

300,00 people in the UK with chronic mental health conditions leave work each year, leading employers to lose up to £42bn per annum to poor mental health.

As our understanding of Mental Health and the impact of these conditions continues to develop, it becomes increasingly important for employers to truly integrate efficient support systems, allowing those with mental health conditions to continue to work with as little friction as possible.

With work-related stress effecting over 600,00 workers per year[2], it’s no longer an issue we can ignore, and with organisations such as HSE and IOSH beginning to highlight the extent of the problem, we are in a prime position to tackle this head and show a united front for employees or colleagues alike suffering with mental health conditions.

In light of this movement, training is a useful tool for ensuring a full understanding of the issues and challenges that mental health can present. Education management can be key in establishing strong leadership within the workplace and creating an open and approachable platform for employees to start the conversation.

We’re trying to do our bit by ensuring at least one of our consultants is trained in Mental Health First Aid.

Here at Safetyboss we’re now able to run a two-day Mental Health First Aid course, soon to be followed by the one-day course- both of which are accredited by Mental Health First Aid England.

If you would like more information on this course and how it can benefit you, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us!

 

 

[1] Thriving at Work- The Stevenson/ Farmer review of mental health and employers, October 2017

[2] Labour Force Survey (LFS)