The stigma attached to mental health issues persists around the world. Many still find it hard to talk about their condition with their doctor, let alone discuss them in public. Therefore, we need to continue to work on creating an environment where people feel comfortable speaking up and seeking professional support.
Around 1 in 4 people will experience a mental health problem this year yet the shame and silence can be as bad as the mental health problem itself. Your attitude to mental health could change someone’s life.
It’s never been more important to tackle mental health stigma in the workplace. Organisations have a crucial role to play in supporting the health and wellbeing of their employees, whether the problems are related to work or not.
Evidence shows that there are several simple, cost effective ways to support and encourage a mentally healthy workplace. You can find out more about some of these below.
Fundamental to creating a mentally healthy workplace is strong leadership. As well as noticing changes in employees and providing support, line managers also need to be aware of their own behaviour. This can have a strong impact on others.
Tackle stigma and discrimination
Challenging stigma and discrimination against mental health problems in the workplace can result in employees
Scotland's anti-stigma campaign, See Me, have information and free resources on their website to help you better understand stigma and discrimination in the workplace. Visit the See Me site for tools and resources
There are several training opportunities available online and via FD Consultants. These can help you and your employees
Signpost to useful resources
You should make sure employees are aware of any employee assistance or occupational health programmes you provide. You could do this in several ways, such as
Provide support to employees off work
If an employee takes time off work due to work related stress or a mental health issue, there are several steps you can take to encourage and support them to return as quickly as possible. Steps include
Join the movement
We need your help to change the way people think and act about mental health problems. Join thousands of campaigners in workplaces, schools, communities and online who are making stigma and discrimination a thing of the past. Join the Time To Change Movement today.