Mental illnesses or mental health disorders are characterised by the effects they have on someone’s mood, thinking and behaviour. Some examples include depression, anxiety disorders, eating problems and personality disorders.
1 in 4 people experience a mental health problem in the UK each year.
There are many things that can cause a mental illness; more often than not it will be more than one cause.
Examples of the following could result in poor mental health:
The HSE defines stress as ‘the adverse reaction people have to excessive pressures or other types of demand placed on them’.
Work-related stress refers to excess of demands in the workplace that exceed your ability to cope. The HSE has produced stress management standards which are helpful for managers and employees and are used in stress risk assessments.
Common symptoms of stress include:
Stress can also affect your behaviour by:
Changes you can make to combat or prevent getting stressed include:
Everyone will prefer different methods to relieve stress. Common examples include:
There are a variety of options of who you could talk to about mental health concerns, including:
You may also have a Mental Health First Aider at your workplace.
Ways to improve mental health and wellbeing in your workplace include:
Yes it is part of part of health, safety and welfare at work.
Things you can do include:
Anxiety is a feeling of unease, such as worry or fear, that can be mild or severe. It is an expected natural response to every day life but if it become prolonged then you should seek help.
Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is a talking therapy that can help someone manage their problems by changing the way they think and behave. It teaches the individual coping skills for dealing with difficult problems, focusing on thoughts, beliefs and attitudes.