In the week of #WorldMentalHealthDay, Healthskills is playing a small part along with thousands of other organisations to raise awareness of mental health issues and advocate against social stigma. Our work coaching leaders and teams to improve their Organisational Health has highlighted that often basic communication skills such as learning how to give and receive constructive feedback, encouraging praise and recognising small wins, and empowering others to act are often the key to helping individuals with resilience and resourcefulness.
Time to Change is a growing social movement working to change the way we all think and act about mental health problems. They have already reached millions of people and begun to improve attitudes and behaviour. They offer excellent advice to end mental health discrimination and help organisations improve staff mental wellbeing, and I make no apology for repeating this here:
Your mental wellbeing at work
- Take your breaks: a change of scene and fresh air
- Don’t bottle things up: ask for help if you need it
- Celebrate achievement: don’t just focus on what you haven’t done
- Work-life balance: make time for non-work activities and meeting friends
- In-house support: what wellbeing support is available at work?
Looking out for others at work
- Avoid working in a silo: be mindful of others’ pressures
- How are you?: take time to ask others how they are
- Look out for changes: if someone is not quite themselves
- One to ones: include mental wellbeing in catch-ups
- Be informed: look into mental health awareness training
Remember that mental health can affect anyone and statistically, 1 in 4 of us will experience a mental health problem in any given year. No one should have to fear being treated differently because of a mental health problem so make the advice from Time to Change part of your cultural shift to ‘the way we do things around here’.
For more information and access to the Time To Change resources and to get your workplace involved in the discussion follow this link.