Mental Health and Wellbeing in the Workplace

Mental Health and Wellbeing in the Workplace : A Practical Guide for Employers and Employees

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Provides guidance for both employers and staff on promoting positive mental health and supporting those experiencing mental ill health in the workplace

The importance of good mental health and wellbeing in the workplace is a subject of increased public awareness and governmental attention. The Department of Health advises that one in four people will experience a mental health issue at some point in their lives. Although a number of recent developments and initiatives have raised the profile of this crucial issue, employers are experiencing challenges in promoting the mental health and wellbeing of their employees. Mental Health & Wellbeing in the Workplace contains expert guidance for improving mental health and supporting those experiencing mental ill health.

This comprehensive book addresses the range of issues surrounding mental health and wellbeing in work environments - providing all involved with informative and practical assistance. Authors Gill Hasson and Donna Butler examine changing workplace environment for improved wellbeing, shifting employer and employee attitudes on mental health, possible solutions to current and future challenges and more. Detailed, real-world case studies illustrate a variety of associated concerns from both employer and employee perspectives. This important guide:

Explains why understanding mental health important and its impact on businesses and employees
Discusses why and how to promote mental health in the workplace and the importance of having an effective 'wellbeing strategy'
Provides guidance on managing staff experiencing mental ill health
Addresses dealing with employee stress and anxiety
Features resources for further support if experiencing mental health issues

Mental Health & Wellbeing in the Workplace is a valuable resource for those in the workplace wanting to look after their physical and mental wellbeing, and those looking for guidance in managing staff with mental health issues.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 142 x 215 x 21mm | 342g
  • Capstone Publishing Ltd
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1. Auflage
  • 0857088289
  • 9780857088284
  • 8,913

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The Department of Health reports that one in four people will experience a mental health illness at some point in their lives, and a recent UK Labour Force Survey showed that stress, depression or anxiety accounted for 44% of all work-related ill health cases, and that 54% of all working days lost were due to ill health. No matter if you are an employer or employee, understanding mental health and promoting a positive workplace environment is of central importance. Workplaces that genuinely promote and value wellbeing and good mental health, and support people with mental health problems are more likely to reduce absenteeism, improve engagement and retention of employees, increase productivity, and benefit from associated economic gains.


Authors Gill Hasson and Donna Butler provide expert guidance for embedding supportive, mentally-healthy practices in your organisation. This comprehensive yet accessible book explains the relation between work and mental wellbeing whilst providing a framework for addressing the essential aspects of workplace mental health. Featuring real-world case studies and practical advice, Mental Health and Wellbeing in the Workplace will help you: Look after your own wellbeing and mental health at work Manage stress at work and achieve a healthy work-life balance Implement an inclusive wellbeing strategy Support staff experiencing mental ill health Find further support for managing mental health issues

Mental Health and Wellbeing in the Workplace is a must-read guidebook for all employees, employers, managers and staff in organisations of all sizes and across all industries.

"A valuable resource for all concerned about mental health at work. It tackles some of the most important challenges in today's workplace, and makes good use of recent evidence." --Professor Dame Carol Black, Government Health Advisor

"Beautifully written, easy to follow and packed with vital knowledge and practical strategies. The expert authors have given readers a true gift in knowing how to properly support self-care, and for employers, the caring of others." --Dr. Margot Sunderland, Director of The Institute for Arts in Therapy and Education
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Table of contents

Foreword xi

Introduction xv

1 Understanding Mental Health and Wellbeing 1

2 Is Work Good for Your Mental Health and Wellbeing? 33

3 How to Be a Good Place to Work 47

4 How to Look After Your Wellbeing at Work 87

5 Manage Your Mental Health at Work 131

6 Supporting Staff Experiencing Mental Health Problems 169

Websites, Books, and Resources 203

Find Out About Therapy 209

The Health, Employee, Learning and Psychotherapy Service at Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust 215

About the Authors 223

Index 225
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About Gill Hasson

Gill Hasson is a careers coach, has over 20 years' experience in the areas of personal & career development, and is a freelance tutor / teacher in mental health issues for mental health organisations. She also teaches and delivers training for adult education organizations, voluntary and business organizations and the public sector. Gill is also Capstone's best selling franchise author.

Donna Butler is an Integrative Psychotherapist with a private practice - she sees clients for psychotherapy, including EMDR trauma therapy if required. She conducts individual, couple and group therapy and specialist post incident de briefing is available in the clinic or within the recipient organisation. She is also a Specialist psychotherapist and EMDR trauma therapist.
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