Supporting mental health with workplace adjustments - Part four
In this five part series we look at how simple workplace adjustments can support employees with mental health conditions. This is not an exhaustive list, but just a few ideas.The key is to be creative and above all ask the person themselves, what would help them.
Signposting for support services
When a member of staff discloses to you that they are struggling with their mental health at work, it is a positive step that shows open lines of communication. It can also feel quite a responsibility for the person that has been disclosed to, wanting to provide the right support.
Many organisations offer a wide variety of services that can be utilised to provide individuals with support. Services such as employee assistance programmes, resilience training programmes and wellbeing platforms can be a great source of information, resources and support for both you and your individual member of staff.
External provisions such as the Access to Work Mental Health Support Service, delivered by Remploy and funded by the Department for Work and Pensions, provides a more individualised and tailored support package in the workplace, at no cost to you.
Find out what support is available in your organisation and how to access it, and always ensure individuals are aware of this support when issues relating to poor mental health are raised.
Read part one of this series - Introduce a Wellness Recovery Action Plan.
Read part two of this series - Coping strategies.
Read part three of this series - Team awareness.