Mental Health in the Workplace

World Mental Health Day

10 October saw World Mental Health Day, but employers should remember that mental health problems can affect anyone, on any day of the year.

HSE’s website has guidance on mental health in the workplace.

One in four people in the UK will have a mental health problem at some point. Where work-related stress is prolonged it can lead to both physical and psychological damage, including anxiety and depression. Work can also aggravate pre-existing conditions, and problems at work can bring on symptoms or make their effects worse.

Work-related stress and mental health issues need to be assessed to measure the levels of risk to staff. Where a risk is identified, steps must be taken to remove it or reduce it as far as reasonably practicable.

There is guidance on how managers can support employees along with advice for employees with mental health conditions.

Over 11 million days are lost at work a year because of stress related illness at work. You can start a conversation about work-related stress by using HSE’s talking toolkit and download or buy our step-by-step workbook which shows how the Management Standards approach will help employers tackle work-related stress.

Promoting issues associated with mental health is also a focus of many in the construction industry. More information on this area is available via the Health in Construction Leadership Group.

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