Mental Health in the Workplace

MentalHealthBannerWith a massive 1 in 6 of the UK workforce experiencing mental health problems in 20151, there is a growing awareness of the importance of good workplace mental health and wellbeing.

And yet, of the 49% of  people 45% of employees who have taken time off work due to mental ill-health gave another reason for doing so1. Clearly we have some way to go before employees feel comfortable discussing their mental health and employers feel well equipped to support them. This mental health in the workplace hub is designed to help…

1 ‘Added Value: Mental Health as a Workplace Asset’ report, Mental Health Foundation and Unum. 2016

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Looking at mental health as a workplace asset.

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How to manage and support your employees’ mental health.

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Stress can be a pre-cursor of wider mental ill-health, here’s what to watch for.

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How the future workplace will play a part in people’s mental health.

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MENTAL HEALTH AT WORK

Exploring the barriers and people’s coping strategies

Recognising, valuing, improving and protecting mental health in the workplace makes sound business sense, so we’re proud to be partnering with The Mental Health Foundation to highlight the importance of safeguarding employees' mental wellbeing.

Promoting a healthy culture and implementing polices that support people’s mental health isn’t a simple tick box exercise. Here we look at the challenges that businesses face, but also the opportunities that being proactive about mental health can bring.

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A 2016 report produced by the Mental Health Foundation, Oxford Economics and Unum.

An at-a-glance look at some of the key mental health trends in the workplace.

MANAGING MENTAL HEALTH

Help for HR, business owners and line managers

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Enabling employers to be a part of the process is a vital part of tackling - and preventing - mental health issues in the workplace.

Mental health accounts for 17% of all Unum’s Group Income Protection claims, second only to cancer2. By looking at mental health in the same way as we do physical health - as a state of health that everyone has - we can start to break down the stigma that still surrounds it.

2 Unum’s Annual Claims Statement. 2017

As well as being useful day-to-day, this module can also be used to update your CPD hours.

A visual guide showing some of the potential signs of mental ill-health.

A visual guide showing some of the ways you can help support your employees' mental health.

STRESS AT WORK

How to recognise stressed employees and how to support them

Stress at work isn’t always a bad thing – it can help focus and prepare the body for action. But prolonged stress can lead to both physical and mental problems, and that's when it becomes an issue for both the employee and the company they work for.

Recognising and knowing how to tackle stress is something all companies, big or small, need to be prepared for. Here we look at the causes of workplace stress and what businesses can do to help protect their staff and themselves.

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This online module looks at how to spot the signs of stress as well as how to support employees who may be struggling.

This guide looks at everything from how to recognise and tackle workplace stress to short and longer-term solutions to the problem.

THE FUTURE OF WORKPLACE WELLBEING

Including the mindful workforce

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73% of workers feel they are expected to be 'always on' and available for work3, which significantly increases their levels of stress and the likelihood of them leaving their job.

The rise of the workplace that nurtures mental health and encourages staff to take a break from their hyper-connected, digital lifestyles will be even more important in the future.

3 ‘The Future Workplace’ report, The Future Laboratories and Unum. 2014

This report looks at how the workplace is evolving and what employers need to do to manage wellbeing in the next 5 years.

A visual guide to share with your employees showing daily tasks that can help improve mental health now and in the future.

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