Managing mental health in the workplace

At least one in six of the working population in the UK will experience mental health problems. At Fusion, we provide support to employers and managers so that they can recognise the signs of mental health issues in the workplace. Proactive management of an employee’s mental and physical health can help to reduce sickness absence, improve staff engagement and increase productivity.

 

The benefits of managing your employees’ mental health

Evidence has shown that being in work is beneficial for mental health and wellbeing. In fact, for people with a mental health condition, work can aid recovery. The team at Fusion can guide managers through:

  • Management Referrals – reducing sickness absence and earlier return to work
  • Training and Understanding on the importance of early Intervention for mental health issues
  • Provision of a Mental Health Toolbox for Managers
  • Counselling – with video, telephone and face-to-face options available
  • Signposting to EAP and other support services
  • Awareness Training for Managers and Senior Executives
70 million workdays are lost each year due to mental health problems in the UK.

Create a supportive environment for staff

Employers should create an environment where staff feel able to talk openly about mental health. This means treating mental and physical health as equally important and ensuring that employees have regular one-to-ones with their managers. Mental health awareness training and appointing mental health champions can improve the awareness of mental health issues. Our team at Fusion can help you to create a mental health strategy that promotes positive mental health at work. By educating the workforce, you can improve the understanding of mental health across the organisation.

Mental health problems cost employers approximately £2.4b per year in the UK.

Managing Mental Health Workshops

At Fusion, we provide Managing Mental Health Workshops. These four-hour sessions have been designed to inform and support senior colleagues with managing mental health in the workplace. We provide staff with the ability to understand and manage mental health in today’s workplace, improving the mental health and wellbeing of employees.

The session aims to:

  • Provide a greater understanding of mental health
  • Explore the potential impact that mental health issues have in the workplace
  • Discuss the manager’s role in supporting mental health issues in the workplace
  • Help build resilience and positive mental health in the workplace
  • Identify and understand what tools and services are available within your workplace to support mental health issues
Stress, anxiety and depression are the most common mental health disorders in Britain.

By providing support to businesses, we can help them to manage mental health issues in the workplace more effectively, reducing sickness absence, staff turnover and costs.

An image of Nicola Bartley, a work health assessment specialist at Fusion Occupational Health
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