To mark Mental Health Awareness Week, Office Genie got in contact with Emma Mamo at Mind to discuss mental health in the workplace. One in six workers are dealing with a mental health problem such as anxiety, depression or stress, so knowing the best approaches can benefit both employees and employers. To get to grips with what you need to know, Emma offers some general tips and takes us through the various resources Mind has to offer.
Emma Mamo, Head of Workplace Wellbeing at Mind:
"We all have mental health just as we all have physical health, and considering how much time we spend at work, it's not surprising that our jobs can have a significant impact on our mental health. Because everyone's mood can fluctuate day to day, or even more often, it can be hard to know whether someone is just going through a difficult period, or whether they're experiencing something more serious or long term, such as the symptoms of a mental health problem.
"Employers that make mental health at work a priority will find that, as well as supporting members of staff experiencing a mental health problem, this benefits each and every member of staff and results in a more engaged, productive and loyal workforce overall."
Resources for HR professionals and line managers on how to create a mentally healthy workplace
The following resources are available on Mind's website:
The first resource in Mind's series helps you to understand the relationship between good employee mental health and getting the best out of your staff. It will help you to start thinking about what you already do to support mental health in your workplace, what impact this has and how to build on it.
This resource for line managers and HR professionals provides practical advice on how to collect vital information about your employees' wellbeing in a joined-up and comprehensive way.
Sets out simple, practical and inexpensive steps that line managers and HR teams can take. It is designed to help you create a more open and supportive culture, improve mental wellbeing for all staff, and boost employee engagement.
This resource details how organisations can support staff at every stage of the mental health spectrum, whether they're stressed or have a diagnosed mental health condition. The approaches in the guide are universal principles designed to support a diverse range of people across a range of workplaces.
Mind have also produced four webinars that contain lots of useful ideas around culture change and looking after ourselves. They were live 'surgery-style' events during which participants posted questions to Mind's panel of experts.
This handy guide explains what a Wellness Action Plan (WAP) is, how to develop and use one with staff and provides a template for you to use. Mind have a guide for line managers or supervisors who are interested in producing WAPs to their team members and a guide for employees, suitable for any staff member who would like to try a WAP for themselves.
Resources for individuals on how to manage your mental health at work
These resources have been created by Mind to support individuals in the workplace:
This details how to stay well at work, whether you're returning to the world of work after time away, are experiencing work-related stress, or trying to maintain a healthy working life.
For anyone who wants to know how to deal with stress and how to learn to relax. It explains when and how stress can be bad for you, and provides helpful strategies for dealing with it and where to go for further help.
The Workplace Wellbeing Index
In 2016, Mind will launch a Workplace Wellbeing Index which will be a benchmark of best policy and practice and will publicly rank employers on how effectively they are addressing staff mental wellbeing.
Mind will offer support and guidance to participating organisations based on their results structured to increase employee mental wellbeing and deliver business benefits.
If your organisation is interested in taking part in the Index or just finding out more about the development, then you can register your interest here.
What else does Mind offer?
- Training and consultancy - Mind's training team offers a range of in-house and public access courses, tailored to the needs of your organisation. For a quote or to discuss options, contact Mind at email@example.com.
- Speaking engagements - if you are interested in Mind's Head of Workplace Wellbeing, Emma Mamo, speaking at an event or participating in a panel, contact Mind at firstname.lastname@example.org with details about the proposed event and the intended audience.
- Employer booklets - The range of booklets provide accessible and trusted information on a broad range of topics around mental health at work. For more information, have a look at their workplace wellbeing pack and workplace essentials pack.
- Finally, Mind's direct line: 020 8215 2311