For many of us, work is a significant part of our lives. It is where we spend much of our time, where we get our income and often where we make our friends. Having a fulfilling job can be good for your mental health and general wellbeing.
We all have times when life gets on top of us – sometimes that’s work-related, like deadlines or travel. Sometimes it’s something else – our health, our relationships, or our circumstances. This can affect our work performance.
There is a role for all employers, managers and employees in creating thriving work communities. It is important to address mental health at work for those with existing issues, for those at risk, and for the workforce as a whole.
Many businesses and organisations already have wellbeing policies in place. However, this can often end up being a ‘tick box’ exercise with free yoga sessions, quarterly social drinks, meet the management sessions, running clubs and quiet spaces. Although there is a place for all of these, they do not address the real issues of mental health and wellbeing in the workplace.
Guernsey Mind have developed a new initiative to enable workplaces to create an environment where everyone can thrive. The Workplace Partnership provides the opportunity to work together with Guernsey Mind and take a stand against mental health stigma and discrimination.
This isn’t a badge or a certificate, nor does it involve any testing or application forms; it’s about pledging to make realistic, suitable actions within organisations to minimise mental health discrimination in workplaces and the wider community.