Was the information that you were given about mental health in the workplace in the past dubious? Should the thought of swotting up around mental health in the workplace fill you with trepidation? What is the reason are we seeing this astonishing concentration of worries about mental health in the workplace on the net? People are no doubt interested in this particular topic. Granted that I've spoken about 'What Should Firms Do To Boost Mental Health In The Work Environment?' at conferences before, I haven't committed it to writing previously hence this editorial.

Creating and sticking to a new routine will give you a sense of order and normality. There are always some people who would rather work through the year and take the extra money. Employees must be willing to divulge their need for modifications. But it is equally important to help educate people around how they can prioritise their mental health from a lifestyle perspective. Mindfulness practice can help us to be more present with ourselves, our work, and our families.

We spend over a third of our lives at work; it is often where lifelong relationships are formed. The online training and resource library is free and aims to increase understanding, raise awareness and enable workplaces to create environments supportive to mental wellbeing. Another big problem that can be found in individuals with mental health concerns is that their physical health also starts to deteriorate. A reaction to a difficult life event, such as bereavement, can make dealing with depression at work higher on the agenda.

This process identified the stress experienced by employees in working with limited resources in a high pressure environment. We cant speak for every company, but to say that implementing mental health issues would impact their profitability is a lie. While MHFA is by its nature mainly reactive, it would be good to have some recognition of how unions are critical to helping prevent problems, especially when they are related to stress, bullying, harassment and workload.Any employer who wants to address mental health issues in the workplace needs to look much wider than MHFA, and that is best done in co-operation with unions. As the service is free, demand is expected to be very high and there is a cap on places available. Discussing managing and supporting mental health at work can be a good way to alleviate a difficult situation.

Reducing work-related stress can be hugely beneficial to an employer - reducing absence levels and improving overall performance. During the majority of these years I never had any absence from work & my work never suffered. Managers are not clinical psychologists. Many people managers are promoted to their role because they have been successful in their professions rather than because they are good at managing people. Looking after mental health first aid in the workplace can sometimes be quite difficult.

Its also vital that employees with lived experience of mental health difficulties are given a voice and empowered to use their experiences to help shape an effective way forward. A lot of us will be working from home which prevents us from having our usual daily interactions. Worry can affect our sleep and we become tired and irritable. Although mania may be more noticeable at work, the research suggests that the depressive phase of bipolar disorder can impair performance more than the manic phase. If you are a manager then workplace wellbeing initiatives is a subject that you will be aware of.

You can do this by making employees aware of resources such as the national suicide prevention lifeline. Inaction, such as failure to speak up about mental health, is borne out of lack of understanding. Hold lunch and learn sessions, set up afterwork groups or clubs, have regular team away days or go for a walk together at lunch. Its best practice to move from one-off training sessions to working more closely with employees to develop inclusive and comprehensive education and training sessions by understanding the working environment, job roles, sources of stress and current concerns. You might not be talking about it, because workplace mental health is still a taboo subject.

People who have been through mental health issues are like gold. These notes can be accessed by interviewees through data protection legislation. Sometimes work can become overwhelming, but good breathing can be powerful. Lockdown and the need to self-isolate has meant some people are experiencing loneliness and isolation.

This post was written by Fleur Allen. I have a keen awareness of mental health in the workplace and often put pen to paper for other publications and magazines. Writing is my passion. When I'm not writing, I enjoy Museum visiting and Macrame. Find me on Twitter or LinkedIn