Mental Health in the Workplace – Thriving at Work Report

This week saw the publication of the Thriving at Work Report in the United Kingdom.

The report reveals the extent of the human cost of poor mental health at work and the impacts on society, the economy and the government.

It also provides a set of six core standards for employers to adopt and implement to support mental health in the workplace. These standards include imperatives to

  • Build mental health awareness by making information and support accessible
  • Encourage open conversations
  • Provide good working conditions and ensure employees have a healthy work-life balance
  • Promote effective people management, with line managers holding regular conversations about health and well-being with their staff
  • Routinely monitor employee mental health

A similar report in an Irish context would be interesting as the same issues ravage Irish workers on a daily basis across both public and private sectors.

http://www.bbc.com/news/health-41740666

SafeTalk – training for everyone in suicide alertness

With suicide being a serious issue in Irish society, steps can be taken by everyone to help assist those who  may be as risk.

The focus is on helping all of us move beyond common tendencies to miss, dismiss or avoid signs of suicide while also supporting the linking of the vulnerable person with agencies or people who can help.

The training is free and conducted in various location throughout Ireland.

Having completed the training I can say it is very accessible and practical and I am happy to help anyone interested in finding a training near them.

http://www.yourmentalhealth.ie/get-involved/news-events/events/safetalk-dublin-1.html