Mental Health Matters

Regardless of diagnosis, everyone of us has good days and bad days – it’s what’s often referred to as our position on the mental health and wellbeing continuum.

17 million working days per year are lost to poor mental health

In reality, especially since Covid-19, people across all sectors are struggling with their mental health and wellbeing. 

There is a responsibility on the employer to provide support and assistance and to promote worker wellbeing.  There is also a responsibility on the individual to be proactive in looking after their own wellbeing.

What is wellbeing?

“The World Health Organisation (WHO) defines mental health as ‘a state of wellbeing in which the individual realises his or her abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to his or her community.”  [gov.uk]

A team approach

Building Sustainability

The stressors placed on a workplace mental health champion or first aider can be immense and, long term, unsustainable as a model to support employees with their mental health and wellbeing.  

Unite have developed a Trade Union Rep Toolkit on Mental Health at Work.

Unite WULF is also currently developing another toolkit model that aims to improve workplace wellbeing using a team approach.  A more joined-up inclusive approach to developing wellbeing in the workplace can make a huge difference.  It can lead to a reduction in absences due to poor mental health and wellbeing and can also improve employer / employee relations. 

Check back for more information on our development work as it progresses and please feel free to get in touch if you want to be involved in our pilot programme.

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