Whether you work with 10 people, 10,000 people or just yourself, paying attention to mental health in the workplace has never been more important.
That’s why the Heads Together charity have launched #MentalHealthAtWork, a new project in conjunction with mental health charity, Mind, to change the way that we approach workplace wellbeing in the UK.
This brand new gateway will give employers access to resources, training and information to help make mental health at work a priority.
According to Heads Together, 48% of people at work have experienced a mental health problem in their current job.
Prince William has spoken openly about his own struggles in the workplace during a speech at an event in Bristol when the project was unveiled.
The former air ambulance pilot spoke about absorbing the pain and suffering he witnessed on the job.
I took a lot home without realising it. You see [so] many sad things every day that you think life is like that.
You’re always dealing with despair and sadness and injury. The attrition builds up and you never really have an opportunity to offload anything if you’re not careful.
He also revealed that he was “stunned” that just 2 per cent of people feel comfortable talking to their workplace human resources department about mental health.
Paul Farmer, Chief Executive of Mind, commented on the initiative, saying:
We know that employers want to do more and are starting to see mental health as a priority, but often don’t know where to start.
The new online Mental Health at Work gateway will change that.
Over the last few years employers have begun to take staff well-being more seriously and we know that many are doing great work around mental health in the workplace.
Now is the time for a step change in how we think about mental health at work.
A recent poll by the Institute of Directors found that less than one in five firms offered mental health training for managers.
Poor relationships with line managers, along with workload, have the biggest negative impact on employees’ mental health, the survey found. This was closely followed by poor relationships with colleagues.
Mind says around 300,000 people lose their job each year due to a mental health problem.
Poppy Jaman, CEO of City Mental Health Alliance believes that despite these findings, we can turn things around in the workplace. She said:
The vision of having a mentally healthy workplace, where there is zero tolerance of any mental health stigma, is within our grasp. If organisation can share good practice between them, access good guidance and tackle the challenges ahead with the same determination as we’ve seen in the last few years, we will create a future where people look out for one another, where businesses and individuals flourish.
Visit the Mental Health at Work website for more information, resources, toolkits and case studies at, Mentalhealthatwork.org.uk
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