Mental Health Awareness Resources
In Equilibrium Mental Health Awareness Resources
You can read articles relating to Mental Health in the workplace on our own blog here: http://www.in-equilibrium.co.uk/tag/mental-health-in-the-workplace/
General Mental Health Awareness Resources
We wanted to highlight the resources we have found which help to raise awareness about mental health. Please get in touch if you know of a good resource and think we should add it to our list. We would like to encourage you to share/link to this page.
The Business Case for Mental Health Awareness Training
A New Approach to Line Manager Mental Well-being Training in Banks
This paper outlines a number of positive changes which occurred as a result of the training programme including managers being more skilled at noticing signs of poor mental health, and feeling more confident in supporting their direct reports who are experiencing mental health problems as well as improved organisational attitudes to mental health problems.
Added Value: Mental Health as a Workplace Asset
A report produced in 2016 by the Mental Health Foundation and Unum has found that the value added by those with mental health problems in the workplace may be up to nine time the estimated costs which arise.
Managing Mental Health in the Workplace
A short e-book, which is freely downloadable from the Mental Health Foundation’s website, investigates how good mental health in the workplace can be encouraged.
Managing and Supporting Mental Health at Work: Disclosure tools for managers
This guidance was jointly developed by Mind and the CIPD. It provides specific guidance on disclosure, embedded within general guidance on mental health in the workplace to ensure the tools make practical sense in the wider context.
The download also contains information, practical advice and templates to help managers facilitate conversations about stress and mental health problems and put in place support so employees can stay well and in work – meaning they perform at their best for the business while the employer retains talent and expertise.
Mental Health Conditions at Work – The line managers’ resource
A practical guide to managing and supporting people with mental health problems in the workplace. Including sections on the recruitment process, promoting well-being, identifying the early warning signs, talking at an early stage, as well as making reasonable adjustments for the employee’s return to work.
Taking Care of Business
Employer’s guide to Mentally Healthy Workplaces, produced by the mental health charity Mind as part of their long-running Taking Care of Business campaign.
Mental Health: Workplace Adjustments
In this short document, the Department of Health offer advice for employers on workplace adjustments for mental health conditions.
NHS Choices: Returning to work after mental health issues
Almost 50% of long term absences from work are the result of mental health issues. This page provides information on the benefits of work to our mental health as well as some advice for returning to your job following a period of sick leave.
Helping employees successfully return to work following depression, anxiety or a related mental health problem
Guidelines for organisations from Orygen Youth Health Research Centre, University of Melbourne 2011. Website reads “Passionate about improving workplace mental health and wellbeing across Australia through our range of workplace programmes and resources”. This excellent guide clearly summarises what organisations, the employee themselves and colleagues can do to facilitate a successful return to work.
Making reasonable adjustments at work for people with mental health problems
This solutions guide from SAMH (Scottish Association for Mental Health) is designed to provide straightforward information for employers on making reasonable adjustments in the workplace for people with mental health problems. It was produced in consultation with employers and with people who have experience of mental health problems whilst in employment. It looks at how you could go about making adjustments, why you would want to do so and where you can get help and support.
Understanding and Preventing Suicide
Suicide Prevention Resource Centre
A US based charity promoting a public health approach to suicide prevention have produced this fact-sheet entitled “The Role of Managers in Preventing Suicide in the Workplace” as part of their Customized Information Series. It includes links to resources from organisations supporting people and issues around mental health and raising awareness.
Was launched in 2002, a 10 year national strategy and action plan from the Scottish Government to prevent suicide in Scotland. This booklet entitled “The art of conversation: A guide to talking, listening and reducing stigma surrounding suicide” is targeted at the general population. Along with the myths and facts, there are pages on spotting the signs and helping as well as starting a difficult conversation. It has been adapted from original material developed by SAMH who provide community support services for people across Scotland with mental health problems.
Mental Health Statistics
British Social Attitudes Survey 2015 – Attitudes to Mental Health Problems and Mental Wellbeing
As part of NatCen’s British Attitudes Survey 2015, Public Health England commissioned a set of 40 questions to measure public attitudes to mental wellbeing. This paper analyses the results and provides the key findings.
CIPD Employee Outlook – Focus on Mental Health in the Workplace
This infographic published in Summer 2016, provides some useful statistics comparing current figures with those received from a similar survey 5 years ago. The areas looked at include, the number of employees who disclose their mental health problem to their employer and common ways in which poor mental health in the workplace affects performance. A link to the full report is also provided.
There are statistics about various different mental health problems on this page of the Counselling Directory’s website.
Mental health statistics, facts and myths
From the folk at “Time to Change”. Recognising that key facts and statistics about mental health problems can help to challenge the myths that can contribute to the stigma that many people still face.
Statistics and facts about mental health from the UK Charity Mind.
Stigma & Labels
Stigma of mental illness and ways of diminishing it
This article, published in full on the website of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, begins with the statement that “Mental illness, despite centuries of learning and the ‘Decade of the Brain’, is still perceived by many as an indulgence, a sign of weakness”. The article includes practical suggestions on how to manage stigma.
Stigma and Discrimination at Work
See Me Scotland is an organisation working to end mental health discrimination by encouraging organisations to provide a supportive environment, allowing people to feel safe to seek help. This page entitled “What is stigma and discrimination in work?” has sections on recognising stigma and discrimination, the effect it can have and what organisations can do to change this. There are further pages for both employers and employees to learn more.
Stigma Shout: Service user and carer experiences of stigma and discrimination
Produced by Time to Change and part of the initiative to change the culture of mental health and counter discrimination against people who experience mental ill health in England. Stigma and discrimination have a profound impact on the lives of people with mental health problems and as a result they are being denied opportunities. The Stigma Shout project included the views of over 4000 people from surveys and workshops and the results have helped identify a number of audiences for Time to Change to target.
Mental Health: Still The Last Workplace Taboo?
Independent research commissioned by the Shaw Trust and published in 2010, into what British business thought at the time, comparing 2010 to 2006. Includes the following key findings:
- 40% of employers view workers with mental health conditions as a ‘significant risk’
- 42% of employers are still underestimating the prevalence of mental health in the workplace
- Many applicants may feel it is in their best interest not to disclose information
- 72% of workplaces still have no formal mental health policy
The Stigma of Mental Illness
Our own article looking at the effect of stigma and bias on those experiencing a mental illness and the positive part mental health awareness training in the workplace can play.
Trauma and Mental Health
An opinion piece by Richard Bentall who is a professor at the Institute of Psychology, Health & Society, Liverpool University, and author of ‘Doctoring the Mind’. He writes about a recent programme on manic depression by Stephen Fry. In his opinion “The BBC focused on an extreme biological approach to psychiatry, which is contested by many psychologists and psychiatrists. This approach sees psychiatric problems as discrete brain conditions that are largely genetically determined and barely influenced by the slings and arrows of misfortune.”
Spotting Early Signs
Starter Guide to Mental Illness
This guide, by the charity Rethink Mental Illness, offers practical advice on recognising the distress signals, to help you know how and when to act. It answers questions like “What should I do if someone I know tells me they are struggling with their mental health?”
Spotting the Early Warning Signs of Mental Illness
This page on Rethink Mental Illness’ website, explains why they want to teach people a few basic steps to help them be aware of the action they should take if someone they know is having a mental health crisis. The page includes a link to their Starter Guide to Mental Illness above.
The Benefits of Great Line Management and Good Mental Health in the Workplace
Article on the Mental Health Foundation’s website which looks at why the line management relationship is key to mental health in the workplace and also provides 7 top tips line managers may like to consider.
Mental Health and the Law
“It is not fair for your employer to treat you differently because you have a mental health problem”
This piece looks at the Equality Act and the Protection it gives. It is from England’s programme ‘Time to Change’ which has been set up to challenge mental health stigma and discrimination.
Mental Health Conversations
Communicating with people who are absent with a stress related illness
A blog article from our own website which details good practice together with common sense advice reiterating that avoidance is the worst thing you can do when managing stress related absence.
Produced by the Mindful Employer initiative, this short video portrays the difficulties that arise through poor communication and shows how talking to each other enables support and understanding.
Short film about mental health conversations
A short video (on our own website) about the do’s and don’ts of managing mental health conversations at work.
Take 10 Together Toolkit
This toolkit was originally developed by Mental Health First Aid England for World Mental Health Day 2016. It has been adapted to keep the conversation going and to provide a toolkit of ready to use materials to support mental wellbeing in workplaces, schools and communities.
The Wellbeing Programme
The name behind Happiness Economics, Professor Lord Richard Layard founded the Wellbeing Programme in 2003. Their work focuses on 3 main areas – The Causes and Effects of Wellbeing, Wellbeing Policy and Mental Illness and their website contains detailed information about their ongoing work as well as links to many valuable resources.
Time to Change Initiative
#TimetoTalk There are lots of simple, everyday ways you can support someone who has a mental health problem, you don’t need to be an expert to do this.
Why conversations about mental health help break stigma
The best way that those of us who are in a good place can help our colleagues, friends and family who suffer in silence is to speak out. The impact of the stigma can be worse than mental ill health itself.
General Information about Mental Health
Mental Health A-Z
A complete guide to mental health problems, topical issues and treatment options from the Mental Health Foundation.
UK charity committed to improving the wellbeing of mental health for children and young people. There are sections on their website specifically for children and young people, parents and professionals.
Working to improve the quality of life for people experiencing severe mental illness, the charity Rethink Mental Illness’s website contains lots of relevant information.
Emotional Support for those experiencing mental health difficulties and their carers from the charity SANE.
Moodjuice Depression self-help
A self-help guide from Moodjuice with suggestions and support for people with depression, one of several informative self-help titles on their website.
Depression information from MIND
This download explains depression, including possible causes and how you can access treatment and support. It also includes tips for helping yourself and guidance for friends and family.
Dealing with Depression
5 tips for dealing with depression including cultivating supportive relationships, getting exercise and challenging negative thinking.
Ten stress savers
Rachel Kelly’s tips for battling depression. More tips from someone who has personally experienced depression.
The truth about depression: six people speak out
Interesting article from the Guardian newspaper; 6 people discuss their personal experiences of depression. The article is an extract from a book of memoirs candidly discussing depression and recovery.
What does depression feel like?
A blog post on the MIND website, which, by using extracts from a conversation, provides an excellent comparison of how we tend to view physical health difficulties as compared to mental health issues:
” ‘We missed you at the party last night. Your husband said you weren’t feeling well. Are you feeling better now?’
‘A little, yes.’
‘Was it your tummy?’
‘No, actually. It was my head. It’s a bit like a stomach bug, but it takes place in my mind.’ ”
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Mind explain OCD
This page explains what Obsessive Compulsive Disorder is including its possible causes, accessing treatment and support, some tips on how to help yourself plus guidance for friends and family.
Time to Change – Blog
As well as an explanation of what it is, this page also includes some blog posts from those describing their experience of the condition.
Ellen’s OCD Blog
A 16 year old’s blog about her experiences with OCD, the post about hyper-responsibility is very poignant and includes her suggestions for containing these thoughts.
Explanation of schizophrenia
This downloadable booklet from Mind explains what schizophrenia is and includes possible causes as well as how you can get access to treatment and support. There are some practical self-help suggestions and useful information for friends and family.
Schizophrenia help and news
Started in 1995, Schizophrenia.com is an internet community dedicated to providing high quality information, support and education to the family members, caregivers and individuals whose lives have been impacted by schizophrenia. This web community was founded in memory of John Chiko, who suffered from schizophrenia. The people involved in the website are dedicated to improving the lives of all individuals and families suffering from schizophrenia, and in speeding the research progress towards a cure.
Ask the Expert posts covering Anxiety
Our own “ask the expert” pieces and various other articles relating to anxiety with practical tips.
Shyness and Social Anxiety
A self-help guide by Moodjuice which aims to inform readers about social anxiety and provides them with some skills to help cope with it.
Working with Anxiety
A short video from the Mindful Employer initiative which explores the affect anxiety can have on our ability to work and carry out daily activities. It also highlights some of the important ways to aid recovery.
This charity provide a range of services to enable people affected by bipolar disorder and associated illnesses to take control of their lives.
Mental Health Foundation
This page on the Mental Health Foundation’s website explains what Bipolar Disorder is and offers some suggestions to help manage depressive phases and stop those experiencing it from going high, as well as information about treatment and self-management.
Aspergers and Autism
TUC publication about Autism in the Workplace including “How workplaces can create difficulties for Autistic workers” and “Making workplaces autism-friendly”
The National Autistic Society
‘Accept difference. Not indifference’, The National Autistic Society are the leading UK charity for people on the autism spectrum. The “about autism” section explains autism, asperger syndrome and related diagnoses.
Recovery from Mental Illness
Anxious? Depressed? Try Greek philosophy
Jules Evans experienced depression, social anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder. He found inspiration in the ancient Greeks and explains how their words transformed his life and prepared him to help others.
I was very nervous about going back to work
In this Time to Change blog, Fiona’s story highlights the importance a manager can play in a member of staff’s recovery from mental illness.
Mental Health Foundation : Recovery
An explanation of the concept of recovery from the Mental Health Foundation; including the recovery process, what supports recovery, the role of social inclusion and some tools to help service users and mental health services.
Mental health recovery stories
In this short 5 minute video, 3 Rethink Mental Illness supporters talk about their experiences and their paths to recovery.
Recovery from mental disorders, a lecture by Patricia Deegan
Excerpt from a lecture by psychologist and researcher, Patricia Deegan who was a teenager when she was diagnosed with schizophrenia and has for years worked with people with mental disorders in various ways, to help them get better and lead rewarding lives.
Returning to work after mental health issues: tips for the transition
As negotiating a return to work can be difficult, even though one in four people will experience a mental health problem in the course of a year, this article offers some tips.
The human element of recovery from mental illness and addiction
In this TEDx talk, Apryl Pooley shares her story through mental illness and how she rediscovered her passion for learning, teaching, and sharing.
Tools for Recovery
2 extracts from ‘Recovery Insights’ a compilation of accounts by people with lived experience of mental illness. One page gives an overview of 7 tools and the second page gives some self-management techniques.
WHO : Recovering from mental illness with dignity
A short video from the World Health Organisation. 2 people affected by schizophrenia and depression talk about the challenges they’ve overcome and their hopes for the future.
Additional Resources Pages
- View our Resilience Resources page here
- View our Stress Management Resources page here
- View our Bullying Awareness Resources page here
- View our Mindfulness Resources page here
- View our Equality & Diversity Resources page here
- Recommended Apps for Resilience, Mindfulness, Mental Health and Sleep
Please Note: The information in this website is for general guidance and is not legal advice. Please be aware that some of the articles mentioned on the resources pages originate from countries with different legal requirements from those in the UK.
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Mental Health Awareness Training Courses
We offer a wide variety of courses for Managers and Employees including Mental Health Awareness; Dealing with the Aftermath of Suicide; Mental Health First Aid; ASIST and safeTALK.