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Mental Health in the Work Place

Morning all

As we are aware, Mental Health is becoming more common in people than ever before. I currently work in a business where we have not got a supporting procedure document in place, nethertheless we of course support our staff if arises, however we do not hold any advice or support on this. Nor do we have a Mental Health Advisor in our organisation. However, my colleague and I have been given the approval to gather some ideas together and make this happen.

Anyone else started this from scratch? Any ideas if possible?




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  • Hi Amy, 


    I would agree with what others have said regarding Mental Health first aid, it is a really good course to go on and will help you out with a lot more knoweldge on mental health. This is a good place to start and then this means you will have someone in the workplace with this meaning the team can speak to them about anything if they wish to. 

  • Hi Amy, 

    We have also partnered up with MHFA to provide Mental Health First Aid courses to employees to become Mental Health First Aiders. Our employees have a list of all of our Mental Health First Aiders so they can contact any of them around the country so they don't know them and it is all completely confidential. 

    Kind Regards, 

    Hayleigh Redfern

  • Hi Amy


    We have an EAP, occupational health, flexible working, continuous conversations MHFAs and more in place. And yet employees continue to suffer from mental ill health.

    I had a discussion earlier with someone about how employees might prefer to 'self service' solutions. I realise that there are a myriad of apps available, but has any one come across a *good* mental health/wellbeing app (of course, that might be free too)?

  • In my workplace we have EAP, mental health first aiders and also have training sessions with trained professionals to help us understand, not identify mental illness.  I think a mental health advisor or someone trained in that area would be a good start.

  • Hi Amy,


    I recently completed a Mental Health First Aid two-day course with MHFA England to become a Mental Health First Aider. It gives a really great model to follow to identify and act on a mental health problem in the workplace.

    The most important thing I learnt is about how far our responsibility goes. While we can offer first-line support and signpost to others, we aren't qualified to help somebody through a problem long term and may do more harm than good, even with the best intentions.




  • Hi Amy,

    A long reply.... much to say!

    Thanks for sharing your work on this and getting this discussion going. The topic of mental health is something that's close to me. I've had two episodes of severe mental health illnesses in my life, one in my early twenties and one a couple of decades later. How I was supported through those two different episodes varied massively. Recovery from the first occasion in my younger years took years. The lack of support at the time caused some long-lasting impacts. On the second occasion, with a higher level of support, it was a few months.

    It should be a topic that is close to everyone's heart really. According to Mind, the charity which campaigns for better mental health, one in four people will experience a mental health issue each year. This means if individuals are amongst those that have not experienced a mental health issue, the likelihood is that they'll know someone that has. That someone could quite easily be a work colleague.

    A campaign called #InYourCorner that I discovered last year brought it home to me. This particular campaign video focussed on men's mental health, probably on the basis that men can be notoriously bad at talking about this stuff. The message applies in my opinion equally to females. It hit home because it made me realise the duty we all have in spotting the signs that something isn't quite right not just with our friends and family but our work colleagues too. 

    Prevention is most certainly better than cure. I'd highly recommend a watch of this video. I've watched the shorter public available one and signed up free to watch the more detailed 20-minute video too. It's from emotional expert Phil Willcox, who is also a facilitator for us at DPG. He talks about three elements of a simple strategy that I believe are the keys to getting this right in the workplace. You can watch it here.

    I'm really interested to hear how this unfolds for you Amy. The fact that you've been given approval to gather some ideas and make this happen speaks volumes about your organisation and the way they care about the humans around them.

    Great work. Well done and good luck with all this.

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  • Hi Amy,

    We have been developing our approach to Mental Health as a part of our Health & Wellbeing Strategy. There is lots of advice, information and resources available at Mind.org.uk and MHFA England. MHFA England also offer certified training options so that organisations are able to roll out Mental Helath First Aid certificate courses (1/2 day, 1 day and 2-day adult courses are available).

    Kind regards,


  • Dear Amy,

    I must agree with you the Mental Health awareness is growing between the people. I would like to give some advise 'How we can cope on daily basis at work and at home'.

    • sleep have a good sleep especially when you having a great deal to do at work
    • breaks make sure you use them go for walk, get away from your desk and plan your holiday
    • relationships spend time with people you love and care for them
    • hobbies could be anything you like to do; dancing, reading,gardning and so on
    • diet eat and drink in moderation ,don't eat at your desk and drink enough water
    • exercise can keep you alive ( it does for me)  if helps to keep your head clear and you won't feel so tired at work
    • don't be slave to modern technology which shoudn't be replaced with a good communications with family and friends all the time, try to use less as posible and largely less before your sleep. You could replace it with a good old fashionable book before your sleep.

    Hope this helps.



    • Morning Birute

      Thank you so much. This gives me a great introduction.


      • Hi Amy,

        I am glad it helps :-)



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