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Stigma around mental health in the workplace
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Considerable stigma still exists around mental health and disclosing to employers when work is impacting on our psychological well being.

Do you have any top tips to create a safe and transparent environment around mental health in the workplace?
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#2
Hi James

There is an enormous amount of information about how to create mentally healthy workplaces

We know there needs to be strategic leadership right from the top; that we need a mental health and wellbeing lens on everything in the workplace from culture, job design, to policies on flexible working and equality in the workplace. We also know that training is key for line managers, and lots of organisations have implemented Mental Health First Aider or champion programmes.

At MHFA England we launched a campaign called My Whole Self just as we were going into lockdown which recognises that mentally healthy workplaces are workplaces that welcome people to be themselves, that gives credit to the right people, ensures equity in opportunity and reward and is open about mental health and wellbeing.

This is a gateway to a whole heap of resources from different organisations which was developed with the support of the Royal Foundation https://www.mentalhealthatwork.org.uk/

We have lots of information at www.mhfaengland.org

I hope that is helpful!
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As there is still stigma surrounding mental health, if an employee takes some time off work due to their psychological health, is there any return to work policies or organisations in place that considers their psychological as well as their emotional challenges that will aid in how much input the employee has regarding their return to work process?
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(07-24-2020, 12:45 PM)EH1991 Wrote: As there is still stigma surrounding mental health, if an employee takes some time off work due to their psychological health, is there any return to work policies or organisations in place that considers their psychological as well as their emotional challenges that will aid in how much input the employee has regarding their return to work process?

The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development has some guidance for individuals https://www.cipd.co.uk/careers/career-guidance/back-to-work-support

ACAS also has some guidance https://www.acas.org.uk/absence-from-work/returning-to-work-after-absence

Individual workplaces will also have policies that should inform the transition back to work which should be available on your intranet/staff handbook.

I hope that is helpful!
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