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February 5, 2015

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Time to talk: mental health at work

Mental health problems are the leading cause of sickness absence in the UK, with 1 in 6 people suffering from anxiety, depression or stress.

Mental health can be a difficult subject to discuss, especially in the workplace. The British Safety Council is supporting Time to Talk Day and has produced a new video in collaboration with Mind and the Centre for Mental Health that looks at how employers and employees can better discuss mental health.

The video gives tips for managers on how to talk about mental health with their staff, and what managers can do to support them and create a healthy work environment.

Neal Stone, acting chief executive of the British Safety Council, said: “The stigma associated with mental health problems is very powerful. But with employers taking some simple steps to talk to staff and build healthy workplaces, they can make a huge difference.

“Our video, Mental health at work, made with the generous support of Mind and the Centre for Mental Health, identifies the role the workplace can play in managing mental health risks through, for example, surveys and training, as well as the importance of spotting the symptoms of mental health problems early. Together, employers and employees, should take time to talk about mental health.”

Sleep and Fatigue: Director’s Briefing

Fatigue is common amongst the population, but particularly among those working abnormal hours, and can arise from excessive working time or poorly designed shift patterns. It is also related to workload, in that workers are more easily fatigued if their work is machine-paced, complex or monotonous.

This free director’s briefing contains:

  • Key points;
  • Recommendations for employers;
  • Case law;
  • Legal duties.
Barbour EHS

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