Employees found to be reluctant to talk about mental health issues
Reducing the stigma surrounding mental illness can be achieved by creating supportive environment in which employees can be confident about talking about their needs and problems. Just knowing that support is available can be a comfort to the whole team, not only those who need help - such support can boost everyone's sense of wellbeing.
The charity recommended establishing 'honest communication' and maintaining supportive contact with absent staff. Considering a phased return to work when ready with possible adjustments was also suggested.
Acas has published the Advisory booklet - Promoting positive Mental health at work , which aims to help employers tackle the stigma around mental health, create a supportive environment and take practical steps to address to the common causes of mental ill health in the workplace.
Acas experts can visit your workplace and help produce an action plan to identify organisational stress risk, and review the effectiveness of your existing stress management arrangements; for details go to Stress: how Acas can help.
Acas also runs mental health awareness training for employers, listed under Health, work and wellbeing.
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