Breaking Taboos in Mental Health

Have you ever wondered what to do when an employee has acted in such a way, you have questioned their mental stability?

Maybe they have shown a few quirky traits that you have put down as odd but started to wonder if there is more to it than quirky behaviour. That myth comes to mind where you think “Someone with a Mental Health issue wouldn’t be able to hold down a job, so that can’t be my member of staff…?” You then might ask yourself, what do I do now?

 -How could I help them anyway?
-I’m just their team leader?
-Manager, line manager?

Sound familiar?

In 2010 the equality act is a law that allows employees to fight against discrimination within the workplace. The act protects people against many aspects and makes employers responsible for monitoring employee wellbeing!

Not only does depression and mental health conditions hamper productivity, but if a member of your staff has shown signs that they are mentally unwell you have a duty of care as an employer to deal with the matter appropriately, fairly and equally. If the idea of this makes
you panic, then you are not equipped to deal with the matter. In this case, is common that you would instead ignore the issue, which could find yourself placed on the wrong side of a tribunal.

As a society, we’re beginning to make some changes to our slow growing epidemic. Finally, we’re breaking the taboo and speaking out about conditions that have been around forever. Sayings like ‘Head sick’ and ‘Crazy’ or ‘Having a wobble’ should be challenged and dealt with correctly.

Celebrities such as Davina McCall, Will Young, Ryan Reynolds and Demi Lovato are all talking openly about their own Mental Health issues whether its anxiety, depression or bi polar. Our society is now ready to talk, let’s see how we can actively encourage this whether it’s in the
workplace or at home in amongst our communities.

-1 in 4 of the population will encounter a mental health condition
at some point in their lives.

– Generalised anxiety disorder is 5.9 in 100 people
– Depression 3.3 in 100 people
– Phobias 2.4 in 100 people
– OCD 1.3 in 100 people
– Panic disorder 0.6 in 100 people
– Post-traumatic stress disorder 4.4 in 100 people
– Mixed anxiety and depression 7.8 in 100 people

These figures make it clear that if you are in a work position that makes you responsible for addressing your employees mental health, then it is imperative  you to equip yourself to be able to look out for early warning signs.

I have put together a bespoke training course specifically designed for the workplace, and with my training, you will:

– Learn the early warning signs and how to address them before they get out of hand.
– Create a strategic plan to put in place so that you can smoothly and effectively manage both your employee and your team and integrate a work life balance.
– Discover how to challenge work environment pressures and break those stigma’s.
– Increase overall employee morale and productivity.

So what are you waiting for? Break the taboo break the silence!!

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