Mental ill-health at work

Creating a mentally healthy workplace requires everyone to pitch in.

Depression, anxiety and substance use disorder have a range of causes - biological, psychological, social and environmental - which can all contribute to someone being unwell.

It is not due to anything that someone has said or not said, done or not done. It is not something to feel guilty about.

However, there are many things that we can do to prevent these illnesses from taking over and to manage the symptoms when they do appear.

Taking an active role and providing support for someone who is experiencing mental ill-health can be an important part of the process of getting them back on track.

As you probably spend a lot of time with people that you work with, you are in an ideal position to notice changes in their behaviour which could indicate the early stages of mental ill-health. It’s a good idea to have a couple of tricks up your sleeve so that can help them out by giving some practical support, and connecting with professional support when necessary.