Wellbeing: Director’s Briefing
Wellbeing is a state of being happy and healthy in our bodies (physically) and in our minds (mentally). Mental Health is defined as a state of wellbeing in which an individual can cope with the normal stresses of life and can work productively.
However, when a person is suffering from mental ill health their emotional wellbeing has been affected. We all have mental health, and our levels of mental health or mental illness – as well as our levels of mental wellbeing – change throughout our lives as we are faced with different stressors and pressures – and as we learn to manage our mental health.
Mental ill health conditions range from more common conditions, such as stress and anxiety, through to conditions such as bipolar and schizophrenia. It is essential that employers understand these conditions and know how best to support workers.
Mental health conditions may not have been directly caused by work, but could be exacerbated by working conditions, or in some way make a worker unsafe.
At work common physical health conditions can include Musculoskeletal Disorders (MSDs), which include bad backs, joint, ligament, and nerve pain. Other conditions can include lung conditions, which may be caused by work, or made worse at work.
This guide from Barbour EHS features:
- Risk assessment – key risk factors for work-related stress;
- Stress, depression, and anxiety – Signs and symptoms;
- HR, EAP and specialist support;
- The Law;
- Physical wellbeing;
- Key recommendations for employers.
Fill out the form to download Barbour’s free director’s briefing and find out more.