Supporting Mental Wellbeing

Working towards a mentally healthy workplace

 

Fife Council recognises the importance of good mental wellbeing and that mental wellbeing is as important as physical wellbeing.

We aim to create a healthy workplace where employees work productively, interact positively, realise their potential and form and maintain good relationships based on trust. We want everyone to feel appreciated, have good work experiences and feel fairly treated.

To help us make this happen we would ask you as an employee to:

  • Be supportive and understanding of your colleagues and consider their health, safety and wellbeing as well as your own.
  • Take steps to ensure you look after your own health and wellbeing including recognising the importance of achieving a work-life balance.
  • If necessary, use the sources of support, information and tools on offer and/or seek support as early as possible from your manager.

It can be difficult to initiate a conversation with a someone you think may be having mental health issues. Below are several NHS videos that give guidance on exactly this issue.

Meanwhile, we are currently running courses for managers and supervisors designed to encourage good practice in promoting positive mental health and wellbeing. This will contribute to a more open culture that puts mental health on the agenda alongside physical health, social inclusion and productivity.

Ultimately, to support mental wellbeing at work, Fife Council’s aims to:

  • Continue to promote positive behaviours at work and a positive work environment where employees can talk openly about their wellbeing.
  • To have systems, support and information to identify, prevent or mitigate workplace stressors.
  • Implement policies and procedures which provide support to employees who experience detrimental health and social issues such as violence, harassment, personal tragedy or stress.
  • Provide opportunities for managers, to up-skill, widen their knowledge, confidence and use tools to enable them to support their team members whilst maintaining their own positive wellbeing.
  • Encourage our workforce to develop new skills to enable them to deal with challenges effectively.

If we are more considerate and have a broad understanding of mental health we may all be able to identify key factors that contribute to a mentally healthy workplace.

 

Raising awareness and removing discrimination around mental health will enable us all to contribute to a positive and mentally healthy workplace.

 

 

 

 

Who can be Affected?

Anyone can experience mental ill health in the course of their life. It is important to recognise that there is a difference between short-term worries and more serious problems which interfere with daily living and which may require specialist help. Getting help at an early stage improves individuals’ chances of recovery – and most people do recover. People with serious and long-term problems need the right support to enable them to manage their symptoms and lead fulfilling lives.
 
 
 

To find out more about mental health  visit: www.mentalhealth.org.uk

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