Mental Health Leaders
Designing such a policy can be daunting, especially in a climate where suicide is on the rise, employers feel less comfortable talking about mental health than they did a decade ago and employees feel no more comfortable talking about their mental health. Mental health indicators are deteriorating or remain disappointing, despite far greater publicity and awareness.
It's clear that managing mental health at work can present challenges. This book aims to help you meet those challenges by applying established principles of physical health and safety management to the management of mental health at work. The result is a set of simple, easy-to-implement methods that offer signiﬁcant beneﬁts to employers, including increased productivity, increased employee retention and reduced sickness. This book also invites leaders to extend their social wellbeing reach by making a signiﬁcant contribution to the lives of people with mental health issues who, in turn, can become more supportive of their families and communities.
Investing in workplace mental health makes sound ﬁnancial sense too. In the UK, studies show that you can boost productivity by as much as 25% through wellbeing and mental health initiatives. In the United States, mental health initiatives have seen a return of as much as $4 for every $1 spent.
The book also sets out a 10-point action plan, aimed at national policy level, to bring about a seismic change in workplace mental health; changes made even more necessary because of the effects of COVID-19 upon mental health.
How to Become a Mental Health Leader Within the Workplace will stimulate and challenge you. It provides information, insights and opinions that will help you to become a mental health leader within your workplace.
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Mental health: a twenty-first century crisis
Every year, it’s estimated that around 80 million people throughout the UK and United States experience a mental health issue. Worldwide, more than $1 trillion is lost annually because of the impact of depression and anxiety disorders on workplace productivity.
In the UK, despite mental health management being a legal requirement, only around half of employers have a mental health policy in place.