Despite increased awareness and a general willingness to be more open about mental ill health, a certain level of stigma still remains. When a quarter of us will experience a mental health problem in a given year1, it’s critical that employers offer support.
But sadly, one in three UK workers don’t feel comfortable talking about mental health with their manager, for fear of judgement. If this sounds like a familiar statistic in your organisation, then the first step to tackling it, is normalising how we talk about mental health.
At this year’s REBA Employee Wellbeing Awards, in February, we hosted roundtable sessions to discuss ways to normalise mental health. We were lucky enough to be joined by delegates and HR professionals who represented a wide range of businesses and industries, and shared some of their examples of doing this. And how this positive attitude towards mental health can create a preventative approach and encourage early intervention.
Some highlights from these sessions include:
- Being aware of demographics and understanding how different job roles or functions might experience mental health differently, depending on how work affects their mental health.
- Ensuring any mental wellbeing strategy or initiatives come ‘from the top’ and have leaders’ backing throughout design, launch and implementation.
- Making the most of your health benefit providers – any provider worth their weight should be able to provide practical advice in this area.
- Some tangible techniques for making mental health ‘normal’ such as using mental health champions, sharing real-life stories, and speaking in everyday language.
Download the full roundtable report below: