Health & Wellbeing at Work FAQs

What is mental wellbeing?

Mental wellbeing incorporates how a person thinks, handles emotion and acts or responds in certain situations.

Mental wellbeing can be good, allowing you to think and feel positive, or bad, leaving you to feel down or unable to manage or cope. Those with mental health issues may often have bad mental wellbeing, and find it harder to cope with day to day living.

How many people experience mental health problems each year?

It is estimated that 1 in 4 people experience a mental health problem in the UK each year.

What are the most common mental health issues?

Some of the most common mental health issues in the workplace include:

  • Stress – the HSE defines stress as ‘the adverse reaction people have to excessive pressures or other types of demand placed on them’.
  • Anxiety – feeling, nervous, uneasy or tense.
  • Depression – low mood or loss of pleasure or interest in activities for long periods of time.

What can cause mental illness?

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:

  • Abuse during childhood or adulthood.
  • Poor social or work relationships.
  • Violence or bullying.
  • Abuse from drugs or alcohol.
  • Bereavement.
  • Long-term stress.
  • A traumatic event.
  • Social disadvantage such as poverty or debt.

What are signs and symptoms of poor mental health?

Mental health conditions have an extensive list of different signs and vary from person to person.

Examples of common signs or symptoms include:

  • Feeling upset, angry or impatient.
  • Being anxious or nervous.
  • Inability to enjoy things you normally would.
  • Lack of attention.
  • Consumed with thoughts.
  • Nausea or dizziness.
  • Having suicidal thoughts.

What treatment is available for mental health?

Some ways you can look at treating mental health includes:

  • Access training and awareness programmes.
  • Discuss the options with your GP or Healthcare provider.
  • Talk to your family, friends or employer.

Who can I talk to about mental health?

There are a variety of options of who you could talk to about mental health concerns, including:

  • Your GP
  • The Samaritans
  • Someone you trust such as a friend or family member

You may also have a Mental Health First Aider at your workplace.

How can I make my staff feel more comfortable talking about mental health?

Ways to improve mental health and wellbeing in your workplace include:

  • Encourage conversations on mental health within your organisation.
  • Access training and awareness programmes at work.
  • Implement a Mental Health at Work Plan to highlight the available support.
  • Ensuring managers and supervisors lead by example and openly talk about mental health to all employees including managers.
  • Making reasonable adjustments to prevent mental ill-health occurring.

How do we approach wellbeing with our remote workforce?

It is important to engage your workforce whilst working remotely to ensure they are happy, can work effectively and are not negatively impacted by working away from the office. Plan communication and opportunities to meet.

Some tips to help you support the wellbeing of your workers include:

  • Set-up regular one-to-ones – ask how they are feeling and respond appropriately.
  • Establish boundaries between work and personal time, including highlighting the importance of breaks.
  • Make sure any goals set are realistic.