Promoting mental health in the workplace

Activities for World Mental Health Day

£500k to improve first response mental health services.

The first round of applications for the awards will open from World Mental Health Day until Thursday 30 November 2017.

"I am delighted to see that workplace mental health will form the basis of this year's World Mental Health Day, as I feel this is an issue that will only worsen if not tackled sensitively and co-operatively". "There's still a lot more work to be done until we remove the stigma completely, but we certainly seem to be moving in the right direction". "That is the reason we have developed these 45-minute training sessions, which should meet the needs of all organisations and support their employees". "Since then we've made good progress to raise awareness and understanding".

Publishing its inaugural survey on World Mental Health Day (10 October), the study pushes forward the argument that focusing on the wellbeing of staff is in investors' interests, with sick days and lost productivity costing billions of pounds each year.

The Health Ministry's Mental Health Promotion Advisory Council welcomed the government's move to introduce the Malaysia Psychological Wellbeing Index, which was proposed by Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi during the launch of the Human Capital Psychology Conference, yesterday.

As a result of office stress and pressures, absenteeism can increase, the productivity of the employees can get hampered and they may be driven to the addiction of harmful substances such as alcohol and tobacco.

The starting point is awareness of these issues and for employers to recognize that they have responsibilities to their employees some of which are statutory.

Providing a positive workplace environment has several benefits for the workplace as well.

Onfido told Business Insider it had 87 employees attending Sanctus mental health sessions, more than half its total staff count. Make it clear to the employee that you don't need all of the details about their condition, just enough to understand what help you may be able to provide.

She said that illnesses such as depression and anxiety are related to chemical changes in the body and that they can be diagnosed and treated with medication or counselling, adding that there are other things that persons can do to help, apart from taking medication, like physical exercise, relaxation and learning how to manage stress. There should be access to stress management courses, occupational health services and to mental health specialists, preferably outsourced. This is obviously a very sensitive issue in our society with potential adverse outcomes including loss of job and inappropriate use of the disclosed information.

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Despite this, just one in 10 employees (11 per cent) felt able to disclose a mental health issue to their line manager, with the topic remaining one of the most hard to talk about.

Depression and anxiety disorders are common mental disorders that have an impact on our ability to work, and to work productively.

For those with mental health conditions, returning to work following an absence or periods of being unwell was necessary and beneficial for their own wellbeing.

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