MIND – Managers Guide – Supporting Staff With Mental Health Problems

MIND – Managers Guide – Supporting Staff With Mental Health Problems:

To: All Branches

Dear Colleagues,

Right now 1 in 6 workers is dealing with a mental health problem such as anxiety, depression or stress. This can stop people performing at their best.

Organisations perform better when their staff are healthy, motivated and focused.

Smart employers support employees who are experiencing mental health problems to cope and recover. The support people receive from employers is key in determining how well and how quickly they are able to get back to peak performance.

Standing by people when they experience a mental health problem is not only about keeping hold of a valuable staff member – it also sends a message about the organisation’s values.

All employees need to see that their employers live up to their stated values and treat their people well. Trust and integrity are key drivers of engagement and organisations that support staff reap the benefits in terms of loyalty and commitment from all employees.

We all have mental health – it moves up and down a spectrum from good to poor and it’s affected by a range of factors both in and outside of work. Starting a conversation about it doesn’t have to be difficult – MIND can show you how to effectively support staff and increase employee engagement, motivation and productivity.

This ‘MIND’ guide sets out simple, practical and inexpensive steps that any organisation can take to support staff at every stage of the mental health spectrum – whether they’re stressed or have a diagnosed mental health condition. The approaches in this guide are universal principles designed to support a diverse range of people across a range of workplaces. It looks at:

1 How to create a culture that supports staff to be open about their mental health.

2 How to have a conversation with someone about their mental health.

3 How to support someone experiencing a mental health problem.

4 How to manage an employee’s time off sick and their return to work.

MIND is not providing legal advice but practical guidance for employers. The guide is also useful for Trade Union Reps, helping measure the performance of employers and managers by helping check if they are stepping up to the mark and doing the right things and doing enough to support workers suffering mental health issues and in distress.

Having clear policies and approaches for managing mental health helps organisations ensure consistency in developing and delivering a clear positive culture and approach on mental health and communicating this clearly to all of the workforce.

Find attached pdf file copy of “MIND – Managers Guide – Supporting Staff With Mental Health Problems.”

Yours sincerely

Dave Joyce
National Health, Safety & Environment Officer

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  1. Hi I have just read through the mind guidance for managers and how they should deal with employees suffering with poor mental health because I have recently finished a 6week course of cbt therapy which took place every Tuesday for 3hours when I first got my appointments I showed the letter 2 my manager and let my union rep know I asked if royal mail would allow me to have the time off from work without having to come back and complete my full delivery but I was told that wasn’t an option by both my manager and union rep so each day after my cbt appointments which finished at 12 in the afternoon I had to come back to my office and complete my full delivery this was very mentally stressful for me and had a negative impact on my recovery I would have expected better support especially upon reading the mind sheet where it states that employees should be allowed time off to attend mental health appointments

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