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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.”

What makes us susceptible to burnout?

In this episode  of the Safety & Health Podcast, ‘Burnout, stress and being human’, Heather Beach is joined by Stacy Thomson to discuss burnout, perfectionism and how to deal with burnout as an individual, as management and as an organisation.

We provide an insight on how to tackle burnout and why mental health is such a taboo subject, particularly in the workplace.


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