World Mental Health Day 2014

World Mental Health Day

10 / 10 / 2014 12.30am

World Mental Health Day 2014 was held on Friday 10 October. It inspired organisations and individuals from across the globe to hold events that raised awareness of mental health in the workplace.

In support of this key date in the health and wellbeing calendar, we recorded two podcasts focusing on the mental health of individuals and supporting managers dealing with mental health in the workplace. The podcasts feature the thoughts of Emma Mamo, head of workplace wellbeing at MIND and Jon Bartlett, a coach and consultant who specialises in emotional health and wellbeing.

'Soon rather than later' talks about the importance of talking to your manager, how individuals can stay mentally healthy at work and what reasonable adjustments can be put in place to aid transition back to the workplace following a period of sickness related to mental health.

'The human approach' is aimed at managers in the NHS and encourages them to approach mental health conversations as a human rather than a clinician. There are tips on how wellness action plans can help, how to implement 'team temperature checks' and the importance of leading from the top.

You can listen to the podcast via our channel on SoundCloud or by visiting our stress and mental health webpages.

Ruth Warden, assistant director of Employment Services at NHS Employers, has released the latest blog in her series called 'How are you feeling?'. Ruth talks about the importance of this seemingly simple question and the impact line managers can have on the mental health of staff in the NHS. Read Ruth's blog

At NHS Employers we have been working with the National Organisations Wellbeing Forum (NOWF) to deliver a variety of interventions that support workplace mental health and that highlights the fantastic work done by these leading NHS organisations in this area. Read more about the recent work of NOWF.

Sue Covill, director of Employment Services at NHS Employers said:

"Although the number of frontline NHS staff is growing, we know that these roles are challenging. There has never been a more important time to make sure mental health is supported every bit as well as physical health. Mental health problems are not uncommon and NHS Employers will be playing our part to tackle its stigma and make supporting it appropriately an everyday part of working life.”

Find out more about the work of the group by visiting the website.

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