Mental Health in the workplace

Posted on August 11, 2016

Mental Health is a complex and very much a taboo subject within the workplace, often overlooked by employers and employees alike.

What is mental illness? (Not an exhaustive list):

  • Depression
  • Stress
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Anxiety
  • Psychosis
  • Schizophrenia
  • Impulse Control Disorders such as OCD

Mental health issues can range from feeling ‘down’ to severe illness such as anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder or Schizophrenia. It is possible to suffer from more than one condition, for example someone who with bipolar could suffer from obsessive-compulsive disorder or someone who has schizophrenia could be depressed.

We may all at some stage in our careers experience Mental Health issues whether directly or in directly. As a recruitment agency, we are mindful of the challenges people with mental health problems face in the workplace or when looking for work. Often people are afraid to disclose their conditions through fear of discrimination, perhaps not being considered for a position as a result.

What will be the result if society continues to misunderstand Mental Health Illness within the workplace?

Are you comfortable about talking about Mental Health at work?

Unlike physical illness such as the flu, mental illness is more likely to go unnoticed, is poorly understood and very often employees disguise their symptoms, or they may develop other ‘secondary symptoms’ not directly related to the original problem – for example, the strain of coping with depression may cause someone to become dependent on alcohol or drugs.

Misconceptions about illnesses persist – mental health is often viewed as something disturbing or dangerous that lurks hidden beneath the surface of someone’s personality.

Do you have the confidence or knowledge to deal with an issue relating to Mental Health in the workforce?

Employers learning about Mental Health and encouraging awareness in the workplace will help disperse the myths and misconception’s surrounding Mental Health Issues. I am a strong advocate of Mental Health Support and have experience from both sides, by raising awareness and being willing to discuss Mental Health we have the ability to better understand and break down the barriers.

Below are some helpful links:

Carlisle Eden Mind

Carlisle Eden Mind – Mental health at work