The importance of addressing mental health
Statistics taken from the
Mental Health Foundation found that one in four people in the UK will experience some kind of mental health problem over the course of the year.
As well as affecting people’s personal lives, well-being and morale, mental health issues also impact on performance at work and can be costly burden for businesses which many employers fail to address.
It can be hard to spot signs of ill mental health, however if you are a manager overseeing a team, or a colleague concerned for your co-workers it is important to be supportive and take appropriate action such as having a conversation.
It is important for managers to look out for early indicators of mental health issues before they develop into something more serious, such as stress or anxiety so that they can assist. Managers to the employee affected should also be aware of how this can affect staff morale and ensure all employees are treated the same.
Workers that are healthy both physically and psychologically are productive employees, so if there is something you can do to help as an employer, then taking early action will help to increase performance and wellbeing, as well as mitigate the risk of a costly discrimination claim.
Head of Occupational Health and Safety at Sound Advice, Danny Clarke, says:
“For many, the working environment is an extremely important part of maintaining mental wellbeing, as the routine of work and the care of colleagues can provide an essential support mechanism for those who may be suffering from mental illness. This makes it all the more important that employers and managers have the systems in place to act on any occupational health issue which may arise.”