Opening up around mental health in the workplace - Business Voice

Postado Fevereiro 09, 2019

As campaign ambassador Lauren explains in Time to Change's five tips on getting people to open up, there is no "right" way to talk about mental health, but sometimes thing are better when they're kept more casual. "As the market-leading auto and van brand in the UK, Ford is an important part of society and we want to use that relationship to reach as many people as possible and encourage them to talk about mental health".

One person who found social media to be beneficial for mental health was Clive Buckenham, 50, who made a decision to share his experiences of depression with his family and friends online.

Among the highly-regarded provisions now provided to the public are the Street Triage teams.

"We're delighted that Ford continues to be committed to improving attitudes towards mental health", said Director of Time to Change, Jo Loughran.

With people spending the majority of their time at work, people need to feel more "comfortable" about discussing mental health in the workplace and this change needs to come from the top, CEO of City Mental Health Alliance, Poppy Jaman, has argued on Time to Talk Day.

As part of this there are an increasing number of volunteer Blue Light Champions within the force to offer specialist peer support to colleagues.

"Last week it was Bell Let's Talk day and we want to make sure that these conversations aren't just happening on that day, and not just on Talk Today but that we are also connecting people to resources that are available in the community".

Chief Constable Winton Keenen said, along with the public, it was vital that emergency services personnel have access to mental health services.

Councillor Janet Willis, Cabinet Member for Customers and Transformation, said: "Around 15% of those in work in England have symptoms of a mental health problem and people with a mental health condition are three times more likely to have a long term period of sickness".

"The welfare of officers and staff is also a priority and it is vitally important they have support networks in place should they need them".

"One in four of us go through mental health issues at some point in our lives, so it really affects everyone, be it through personal experience or through people we know", said Ford of Britain chairman and managing director, Andy Barratt.

In our experience, when it comes to supporting employees' mental wellbeing, organisations need to think beyond simply spotting the signs of declining mental health and helping people to seek treatment when needed.