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Mental Health and Well-being in the Workplace


Fortunately, the stigma around mental health concerns isn’t as powerful as it was, and things are improving, with mental health and well-being issues being handled more openly. Unfortunately, however, many individuals are still uncomfortable discussing mental health, and problems they may be experiencing are often buried due to sensations of shame or guilt, which can stop them from seeking assistance and weigh them down for a long time.

Mental health problems can have a broad spectrum of consequences; they can be as simple as experiencing a setback and struggling to ignore how it makes you feel, or they can run much more profound and become a part of your daily life, leading to long-term severe diseases.

Most people with mental health disorders can recover or learn to live with them, especially if they seek assistance early on. Clinicians employ a wide range of diagnoses to categorize symptoms into categories.

A few common mental health issues are:

  • While not a medical illness, stress can significantly impact well-being and cause many missing work hours in the Western world.
  • depression
  • anxiety

Less common conditions include:

  • bipolar disorder
  • schizophrenia

You have a ‘duty of care’ to your workers. This means that their emotional well-being is considered, besides their physical safety, working environment, equipment, and protection from discrimination. A mental health problem can also be considered a disability under the law, and employers must be careful not to discriminate against employees because of their condition.

Understanding mental health concerns can assist employers in cultivating stronger sentiments of well-being in the workplace. Feeling healthy, happy, and affluent are:

  • Synonyms for well-being and excellent mental health.
  • A sense of meaning or purpose.
  • The ability to manage stress.

Promoting well-being in the workplace is inextricably linked to tackling mental health issues, and the impact on quality of life and productivity should not be overlooked.

To get better knowledge, recognize the issues, and ensure as an employer, you are aware of and can help employees suffering from mental health issues and nurture feelings of well-being, it is advisable to get your line managers trained. They have day-to-day contact with the workforce and are best placed to talk to any employee who needs help. A Mental Health and Well-being in the Workplace training course, like those provided by Centaur Training, will help line managers become more aware of mental health.

This course covers a variety of topics, including:

  • Recognizing potential signs and symptoms of a person who has a mental illness or stress
  • Understanding mental health and the stigma associated with it
  • Using a Mental Health Plan to Assist Those in Need
  • Obtaining outside professional assistance and guidance
  • The law concerning mental health and the workplace
  • Best practices for assisting someone to stay or return to work
  • Knowledge of more complex mental health conditions
  • Promoting well-being in the workplace and how to become a Mental Health and Well-being Ambassador
  • Self-care information to aid prevention to help others and yourself

This is a two-day FAIB (First Aid Industry Body) approved course.


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