What is mental health?
Mental health can affect people in different ways. Essentially, it’s all about the way that we think, how we feel and how we act. When it comes to issues that people face most often, depression and anxiety are at the top of the list. These problems could be triggered for a number of reasons, such as losing a loved one or having to deal with financial issues.
Our guidance focuses predominantly on work-related stresses, however, when this kind of stress is dragged out over time, it can lead to physical and psychological issues. Unnecessary stress at work can also aggravate any pre-existing conditions or even make them worse.
Whatever the cause, all employers need to be aware that it is their legal responsibility to help any of their employees in the event that a mental health risk is identified. In the event that there an issue, actions are required to try and resolve the situation.
Some employees will have a pre-existing physical or mental health condition when recruited or may develop a condition caused by factors that are not work-related factors.