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.

Men most affected by mental health issues relating to work

A recent survey by UK mental health group MIND highlights issues for men with respect to their mental health & their place of work.

It also seems to show that women are better at taking time off and managing mental health concerns at work.

While gender may be a variable, workplace dynamics can be an area of concern for the mental health of all employees, with a variety of issues presenting serious challenges.

Counselling/Psychotherapy is one of a number of evidence based interventions that can help people with relationship issues, anxiety, depression & associated stress linked to work related concerns.

Feel free to make contact for any more information or advice.

Battling Burnout?

Burnout is something  many clients visit a counsellor for – often describing it in relation to work and family commitments.

Of course there can be more to it than that and as this  article from the Irish Times articulates, an exact definition is elusive.

Here is another relevant article on the issue.

Our brief mental health checkup is a simple way to provide a structured reflective space to examine how you may be feeling in terms of your mental health overall.

Anger Management – keeping anger in check

Psychotherapist Karl Melvin explores practical tips for managing anger in this article from the journal.ie

Anger management is a complex issue & can be linked to many other underlying concerns, as varied as stress, insomnia, substance abuse and relationship problems.

For more information &  support with anger management please feel free to make contact to explore options to help tackle this often destructive mental health concern.