The Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS) has issued guidance and support information on maintaining good mental health of employees aimed primarily at employers, but also worthy reading for all workers too.
The ACAS website states:
'The Government's Department of Health advises that one in four of us will experience mental ill health at some point in our lives. It is therefore important that employers and their staff take steps to promote positive mental health and support those experiencing mental ill health.'
It also gives this explanation of what we mean when we talk about mental health in general:
'Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices.
People that feel good about themselves often work productively, interact well with colleagues and make a valuable contribution to the workplace. A recent Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development study highlighted the impact that mental ill health can have on organisations.
Some of the key facts about our mental health and how work can negatively impact on our mental health that the study found:
Available also are short videos and a short document entitled: Acas framework for positive mental health at work, which is available to download from this website's E-Library Database using search category 'mental health' and search word 'ACAS'.
Also available is the ACAS Research document entitled: The Management Of Mental Health At Work using the same search criteria as above.