Even though I've spoken about 'Thoughtful Approaches To Support Mental Health In The Work Place' at conferences before, I haven't committed it to writing previously hence this editorial. Although this may be ancient news for some, it is totally applicable for others.

While they are usually confident in dealing with physical ill health, they may be less sure of how best to approach mental ill health, but their approach should be fairly similar. Workplaces have different attitudes and cultures, so everyone will have different experiences. It is interesting to note that the focus of employers in developed countries has been on the retention of the ageing workforce, and creating incentives for individuals to remain in employment, rather than alternatives such as taking early retirement. Simply put, it is unlikely the way we work will ever return to exactly the way it was before the pandemic. Some may resort to unhealth coping mechanisms, excessive working patterns for example, that mask conditions such as anxiety, stress or depression.

It might be helpful to list the things you can change on one piece of paper and all the things you cant on another. While first aid for physical health crises is a familiar notion in developed countries, conventional first aid training has not generally incorporated mental health problems. You could also give meditation a go. There are small, simple steps you can take to make mental health first aid in the workplace something that people can talk about.

As one of our anonymous responders said, some companies are more in tune than others. It is also important to establish rules prohibiting harassment and bullying, a process for investigating complaints and consequences for violations. If not, you will need to adjust the layout of your workspace and consider other practicalities like how you will hold team meetings and maintain good relationships with existing customers or clients. It can lift your mood and make you feel less lonely. Recent reports have discovered a crisis around workplace mental health today.

This can help with difficult emotions, worries about the future and generally make you feel better. Try writing down such hypotheses, whether it be I dont want to go out in case I embarrass myself or what if my boss doesnt like my work, and pretend you had to argue the case against them. In one case where the job had not continued, the client nevertheless felt that his colleagues had helped him to succeed in the job for several months. You dont have to wait until you get a job to start enjoying some of the benefits of meaningful engagement through volunteering, taking up hobbies or learning something new. Discussing managing and supporting mental health at work can be a good way to alleviate a difficult situation.

Dont say, I know exactly what youre going through. The exemption for counselling is tightly drawn however, and cannot include the provision of tax, legal, financial, leisure or recreational advice, or medical treatment. Unfortunately, many managers receive insufficient training, not only for dealing with employees mental health challenges, but even for managing people in the first place. Inaction, such as failure to speak up about mental health, is borne out of lack of understanding. Talking about dealing with depression at work is a good step forward.

The most critical aspect of any risk assessment is ensuring that action is taken to reduce risks. The ultimate goal is to find a way to best assist the employee and in doing so it's more than likely that the organization will be positively benefited also. Changes to their role could include working from home, flexible start and finish times and reducing their hours. Whatever the short-term effects, alcohol is a depressant and there are healthier ways of coping with tough times. Looking after workplace wellbeing initiatives can sometimes be quite difficult.

If you think you may a little extra support for either your physical or mental health, know who to get in touch with and how. If you like going for a walk, painting or a specific TV show, try to set aside time to enjoy yourself. The best companies invest in the health and well-being of their workers throughout the day. Through our work with employers, were building a movement for change in mental health at work.

This article was written by David Cooper. I have a curiosity about mental health in the workplace and more often than not fashion content for other publications and magazines. I try my best to help others as much as possible.. When I'm not writing, I enjoy Kite flying and Bowling. Follow me on Twitter or LinkedIn