Mental Health at Work – Employer Resources

Public Health England recently published an article ‘Health Matters: Health and Work’ outlining the importance of why employment matters to health.

 

“There is clear evidence that good work improves health and wellbeing across people’s lives, boosting quality of life and protecting against social exclusion. There is also clear evidence that conversely, unemployment undermines our health, increasing our risk of limiting long-term illnesses, poor mental health, and health-harming behaviours.

Whilst unemployment increases the risk of developing these conditions, it is important to recognise that it works both ways, with long-term conditions themselves acting as the barrier to gaining and retaining employment. Therefore, the relationship between health and work is cyclical, with a healthy workforce having synergistic benefits for workplaces, productivity and the economy.”

 

Public Health England’s latest professional resource, suggest some fantastic actions that all employers can take to ensure the health and wellbeing of their workforce. They also outline up to date costs associated with mental ill health at work, productivity in the workplace and creating healthy, supportive environments….great stuff!

 

 

From this rather meaty document, we have handpicked some toolkits related to mental health at work that we have found to be invaluable in a holistic approach to looking after the wellbeing of employees. These toolkits and guidance articles go a long way to helping understand what it takes to create and promote a mentally healthy place of work, alongside Mental Health First Aid training, awareness workshops and an overall wellbeing strategy.

 

Mental health toolkit for employers

Self assessment toolkit – assess your organisations mental health.

This document provides practical advice for employers on workplace health and a tool for carrying out workplace health needs assessments.

This framework supports employers to voluntarily report on disability, mental health and wellbeing in the workplace.

A series of infographics intended to help raise awareness and understanding of the relationship between health and work.

An overview of the literature on employee productivity and the different ways to measure it.

NICE: Improving employee mental and physical health and wellbeing.

Empowering staff to make informed wellbeing choices.

 

So, what’s next?

 

As part of your wellbeing strategy, which may include a broader wellbeing / work-life balance / physical activity programmes / general employee ‘perks’, you may want to consider a more impactful and successful training programme for line managers, HR’s or employees that wish to become mental health champions within the business.

Here at Be Empowered we provide Mental Health First aid training courses as well as general mental health awareness workshops, talks and stress management courses.

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is an internationally recognised training course which teaches people how to spot the signs and symptoms of mental ill health and provide help on a first aid basis. (Click here to learn more about the course)

MHFA won’t teach you to be a therapist, but just like physical first aid, it will teach you to listen, reassure and respond, even in a crisis. Our MHFA course is delivered by a quality assured instructor accredited by The Royal Society for Public Health, who is trained to keep people safe and supported while they learn.

To date over 206,000 people across England have taken an MHFA course.

 

 

Click below to find out about how you can train with us!

 

Mental Health training courses