Employers have a ‘duty of care’. This means they must do all they reasonably can to support their employees’ health, safety and wellbeing.
If an employee has a mental health issue, it’s important their employer takes it seriously. For example, it’s a good idea to talk to the employee to find out what support they might need at work.
There are many types of mental health issue. An issue can happen suddenly, because of a specific event in someone’s life, or it can build up gradually over time.
Common mental health issues include:
- stress (this is not classed as a medical condition but it can still have a serious impact on wellbeing)
Less common ones include:
- bipolar disorder
Creating a supportive environment
It’s helpful if employers create an environment where staff feel able to talk openly about mental health.
- treating mental and physical health as equally important
- making sure employees have regular one-to-ones with their managers, to talk about any problems they’re having
- encouraging positive mental health, for example arranging mental health awareness training, workshops or appointing mental health ‘champions’ who staff can talk to
Employers can find out more about promoting positive mental health at work, including:
- understanding mental health
- creating a mental health strategy
- educating the workforce
More information can be found here