It can affect how we think, feel, act, relate to others and how we handle stress. But most importantly – mental health doesn’t always stay the same. It can change as circumstances change and as you move through stages of your life or career.
It’s important we are educated about mental health in the workplace – to prevent it and to help those people who are currently dealing with it.
A manager should never make assumptions, but signs of ill mental health can include…
It’s important we understand that not everyone will experience these specific symptoms at work. Create an environment where staff feel able to be open and honest about how they are feeling, is extremely important and it needs to be more than just hollow words and posters around the office Staff need to feel that they can genuinely be open about their mental health issues, not be judged or criticised or that it will affect their on-going career.
Although it may be tempting – you should not avoid talking about it. Being open and honest will not only strengthen your work relationship, but it can prevent it from escalating further or getting worse.
Promoting a positive mental health environment in your workplace can be hugely beneficial. Staff with good mental health are more likely to perform well, have good attendance levels and be engaged in their work.
Have regular catch-ups: discuss how you are both feeling and what ‘different’ things yourself or your team can do. For mental health awareness week, we collated our top tips on what we do to help our mental health – read it here.
Learn to talk to your team members and more importantly – listen.
Educate yourself: knowledge is so important – educating yourself on it will not only benefit you but also your team. If you would like more information on mental health - we’ve collated a couple of links to some mental health organisations who can help you personally, or advise your workplace.
For mental health awareness week this year our consultants also gave their own little tips for how they help to cope with stress and mental health issues. Why not take a look?
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