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Businesses face ongoing challenges and continued uncertainty. It's vital that employers look after their own mental health and support their staff to do the same.

 

In this section:

  1. How to look after yourself
  2. Tips on how to check in with staff
  3. Places to reach out for support
  4. Practical resources for managers
  5. Advice for individuals

1. How to look after yourself

First things first – it’s so important that we take care of our own mental health and are able to recognise problems when they happen.

Mental health issues cover a wide range of conditions, including:

  • Anxiety

    This can encompass feelings of worry, tension or fear. Although it is common to be anxious, especially at times of stress, it can lead to panic attacks or affect your everyday life

  • Depression

    A feeling of low mood that affects everyday life, depression can be mild or it can be severe and life-threatening

  • Eating problems

    These emerge when people have a difficult relationship with food. Sometimes this can lead to disorders such as anorexia and bulimia

  • Obsessive compulsive disorder

    OCD can cause people to have obsessive thoughts, intense anxiety or display repetitive behaviours

  • Bipolar disorder

    This is a specific condition which affects someone’s moods, which can swing from one extreme to another

2. Tips on how to check in with staff

All employers have a duty of care to their employees and this includes welfare as well as physical health and safety.

Check in with your staff and make sure that they are coping with the ongoing challenges.

  • Reassure staff that their safety and wellbeing is a priority and keep an open dialogue with managers and staff on how they are feeling
  • Encourage your team members to complete a Wellness Action Plan created by the charity Mind and share this with you. There are guides for line managers, for employees and one specifically for people working from home. They will offer practical steps to help support good mental health
  • Provide and promote access to mental health support for all employees. This should include awareness raising, and tools and techniques to manage mental health
  • With many continuing to work from home, we know that it can be isolating. Ensure you and your team talk regularly, whether it’s virtually or, where possible, in person

3. Reach out for support

Reach out if you need support for you or your staff. There are many support channels available for the workplace:

4. Practical resources for managers

Topic

Resource

Clear your head campaign partner toolkit

Clear your head campaign assets. Available in a range of languages and accessible formats. They're for use by businesses to support the physical and mental health of employees and customers

Acas guide to positive mental health at work

Framework for creating positive mental health at work on the Acas website

Advice on how to implement a wellness action plan

Find wellness action plans on the Mind website

Making adjustments to support your staff at work

Reasonable adjustments at work guidance on the Scottish Association for Mental Health website

Guide for line managers: what can you do to help a team member returning to work?

 Find out more on the Mental Health at Work website

How to implement the Thriving at Work mental health standards in your workplace

Find out more on the Mental Health at Work website

Guide for Managing stress in the workplace for people working in hospitality

Read the full guide on the Scottish Association for Mental Health

 

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5. Advice for individuals

There are a lot of online resources specifically designed to help you cope with stress and metal health issues. If you are feeling overwhelmed, help is available:

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