Prioritising Mental Health in the Workplace

Jul 8, 2024 | Uncategorised

At Birch-HR, we firmly believe that every individual deserves the right to good mental health, just as they do physical health. This year’s theme resonates with our commitment to fostering workplaces that prioritise mental well-being and the support we provide our clients to support leaders, managers, and staff. Our HR team are mental health first aiders with the knowledge and skills to spot signs of people experiencing poor mental health and are confident to start that conversation and signpost to appropriate support and resources.

We understand the vital role organisations and leaders play in promoting mental health. Our mission is to support your school, business, or charity in creating a workplace where employees feel valued, heard, and supported.

Let’s take this moment to reflect on how we can contribute to a world where mental health is universally recognised and protected:

1. Break the Stigma
Encourage open conversations about mental health in your workplace. When we talk openly, we reduce stigma and create a safe space for support.

2. Prioritise Self-Care
Encourage employees to practice self-care, mindfulness, and seek professional help when needed. Ensure they have a healthy work-life balance. Healthy individuals make for a healthy workforce.

3. Offer Resources
Ensure that mental health resources and support are readily available. Access to counselling, EAP programs, MIND, occupational health, early intervention, and mental health education can make a significant difference.

4. Lead by Example
As leaders, set a positive example by prioritising your mental health, practising active listening, empathy, and maintaining boundaries. Your actions will inspire others to do the same.

5. Promote Inclusivity
Recognise that mental health affects everyone, regardless of age, gender, race, or background. Foster a diverse and inclusive environment that respects each individual’s unique experiences.

According to MIND, approximately 1 in 4 people in the UK will experience a mental health problem each year. In England, 1 in 6 people report experiencing a common mental health problem (such as anxiety and depression) in any given week. It appears that how people cope with mental health problems is getting worse, as the number of people who self-harm or have suicidal thoughts is increasing. Certainly, leaders and HR have seen an increase in supporting mental health-related casework and well-being.

Today, and every day, let’s work together to make mental health a universal human right. Join us in championing this cause and making the world a mentally healthier place, one workplace at a time.

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