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

  • I've found that simply getting up from my desk for a quick walk or some stretching does wonders for my stress levels. It's a small action, but it makes a huge difference in breaking up the day and clearing my head. Also, drawing a firm line between work hours and personal time has been crucial for me; it keeps burnout at bay and ensures I have time to unwind.

    On a related note, it's become clear to me how much stress can mess with your overall health, especially when it comes to hormones. Stress isn't just in your head—it can lead to real, physical changes in your body. That's why it's so important to keep it in check, not only for your mental well-being but for your physical health too. If you're feeling overwhelmed, considering getting advice on managing stress for better hormonal health could be a wise move. It's a step towards not just feeling better, but being healthier all around.

  • 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.