Ways to support mental health

Creating a workplace environment where people can be themselves and can access the support they need can prevent stress from escalating into more serious mental health issues. This will help your workers to be happier, healthier, and in the long term, more productive for your company.

As well as a legal duty to adjust for workers with long-term mental health illness, businesses have a moral duty to ensure that as many people as possible stay in work despite mental health issues.

The following tactics can help:
• Offering flexible working
• Creating quiet places at work
• Mental health counselling
• Promoting mental well-being
• Educating employees to break down any stigma of mental health

What have you seen work well to support mental health in the workplace? Reply below.

  • Just a few things I  seen that work well to support mental health in our business : 

    As a leader, I have set up a culture that supports staff to be open about mental health.  Educating the team that being open leads to support not discrimination or  being judged which is the fear of many.  

    I have to lead by example, one of them being a person with a positive mentality.  I listen to people and this encourages staff to do the same.  

    Being approachable helps people to open up.

    Having one to one catch up meetings.

    I consider good communication as paramount and therefore we embedded this as one of our company culture.   Making assumptions can lead to bias and misconception of facts therefore discouraging people from opening up.

    Amongst others we have zero tolerance of bullying others or gaslighting which can make people develop fear to speak up.

    We also promote mental well being by offering flexible working.

    We  have the action plan where we are aware of someone having mental health issues example anxiety or stress.

  • It's fantastic to see that you take care of your staffs mental wellbeing Faith and that you keep communication open and a priority. 

  • Taking care of our mental health is so important! Some simple ways to support it include regular exercise, spending time with loved ones, and practicing mindfulness. And don't forget about reaching out when you need it - there are hotlines for mental health that can provide valuable support during tough times. We're all in this together!

  • some top tips you gave mention, thanks

  • Absolutely! Making the workplace inclusive and supportive is vital for mental health. From my experience, things like flexible hours and quiet spaces can really help. It's also important to offer counseling and prioritize overall well-being. Educating everyone to understand and respect neurodivergent is a big part of creating that supportive environment.

  • There's no denying that mental health can sometimes be a wild rollercoaster, so it's essential to keep it on an even keel.

    One thing that really struck a chord with me is how simple actions like lending an ear, cracking a smile, or even just asking someone how they're doing can work wonders. It's all about creating a supportive environment, isn't it?

    Regarding medication, there's a lot of talk about different options, and one name that seems to pop up is diphenhydramine(www.mentalhealth.com/.../diphenhydramine . Have you folks had any experiences with this? I'd love to hear your thoughts on it!

  • Hi  I couldn't agree more with you about creating a supportive environment. 

  • Mental health is truly very important. I managed my stress and depression with low nicotine vapes from NEXA N20000, spent more time with friends, got into a new work, but nothing helped much.

  • in reply to Faith Mupakaviri

    In my experience, creating a supportive workplace environment for mental health involves both policy and culture. Flexible working hours or remote work options can be a game-changer for many. Also, having designated quiet spaces can give people a chance to recharge. I've seen mental health first aid training make a real difference too, helping colleagues better understand and support each other.