Bringing mental health to work

Illustration  Ravi Jadhav

Illustration Ravi Jadhav

"Jayaprakashan KP, Secretary, Kerala State Mental Health Authority, points out that a majority of people's stress today develops in workplace, as that is where they spent the maximum hours in a day". "Absence due to mental health continues to be a problem for employers, with more and more people taking time off work as a result".

"Mental health is a priority for Global Positioning System and we work with people with a wide range of mental health problems".

"I think the evidence is in the stuff that we found. 147 knives being retrieved.That's 147 opportunities we've had to prevent instances of serious harm", Mary Elliffee, from Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust, who helps search patients admitted to a ward, told 5 live Investigates.

This includes everything from being strangled, headbutted, and bitten, according to more than 1,000 mental health workers who reported their personal experiences via a survey conducted by Unison, one of the biggest trade unions in the United Kingdom.

"Workplaces have the potential to impact on people's mental health both positively and negatively".

Crucially, they will also be trained on how to help family members, friends, colleagues or strangers deal with mental health crises.

"However, many older people still feel there is a stigma attached to talking about depression and we need to persuade more people that opening up and talking about their mental health issues is not a sign of weakness", she continued.

In fact, nearly a quarter of managers polled believe their place of work doesn't have an established procedure to follow for mental health enquiries, and 52 per cent think their workplace could make improvements to current systems and attitudes to take the mental health of workers more seriously.

Getting regular, high quality sleep is one way to take care of your mental health and keep depression at bay.

As for leniency surrounding mental health concerns, a fifth of managers thought mental health queries leveraged by top-level members of staff were treated more seriously than concerns raised by lower-level members of staff.

Chris O Sullivan, Head of Business Development at the Charity said: "Healthy workplaces recognise the contribution of employees living with mental health problems and support open disclosure".

One in four adults and one in ten children are likely to have a mental health problem in any given year. To support employees, transform practices and embed a whole organisational approach to workplace wellbeing, employers need to make the offer of mental health training a priority.

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