Health, mental health & well-being

Resources for supporting the health & well-being of employees & employers

• 1 in 3 of population has sleeping problems
• 1 in 4 people suffer from mental health problems in any one year – that means 1 in 4 employees
• 37% have had time off work due to stress, low mood etc

Bearing these stats in mind, a supportive work environment can increase productivity and reduce absenteeism.

Some useful resources:

Business in the Community Mental Health Toolkit

Developed in partnership with Public Health England this free online toolkit will help organisations support the mental health and wellbeing of its employees, helping to take positive actions to build a culture that champions good mental health and provide a greater understanding of how to help those who need more support.

Bristol Dementia Action Alliance

Set up following a public meeting in July 2013 • aim to make Bristol THE dementia-friendly city in the UK
• dementia can affect anyone who lives, works, visits or plays in the city • all should be treated with common courtesy and respect • they are our customers, use our shops & services • Purple Angel campaign for
retailers • has worked with independent retailers & bigger firms including GWR, M&S, Bristol International
Airport, Farm Foods, Bristol Old Vic etc.

Tuesday 21 June 2016: BDAA, BRACE and Smith & Williamson are holding a Dementia – It’s your Business event at the premises of Smith & Williamson Solicitors in Bristol, 9.30-11am.

Bristol Mental Health Employment Service

Individuals can refer themselves or get referred by mental health professionals

For employees • Phone line & email service • Employment coaches work on search & job retention • Job search: work with those ready to work – help with confidence & motivation • Job retention – work with long term sick returning to jobs, support them to sustain employment, often working with employer or HR manager on staged return • Also offer in-work support to prevent relapse and support to stay well in work: ‘Mental Health Fist Aid Box.’

For employers • signup to Mindful Employer Charter • show employees and outside world that you care about well-being • find out about legislation & how to support employees.

Report – Creating Mentally Healthy Workplaces

Employees’ experiences in the workplace • the steps employers can take to create mentally healthy workplaces • based on employee feedback and national best practice.

Emotional Wellness at Work

Services delivered through tailored support that businesses can buy-in to address mental wellbeing in the workplace. Online video explains what they do, with stats on the cost to businesses related to stress and mental ill-health in the workplace. Focus on the organisational benefits that come with a focus on employee wellbeing through reducing costs associated with mental ill health and increasing employee performance and productivity.

Free Heart Health Checks

A national programme supported by NHS • intervention programme to prevent and lower the risk of heart-related conditions such as diabetes, stroke, kidney disease, etc • aimed primarily at 40-74 year olds • will come to workplace to deliver confidential health checks (where 6 or more candidates are identified)
• participants receive a report which, if necessary, is shared with GP for follow up • for managers as well as employees • funded til July 2016 at present.

Managing mental health in the workplace

This e-book, produced with employee benefits specialist Unum, looks at how to encourage good mental health in the workplace.It looks at safeguarding staff wellbeing, addressing problems before they become severe, and supporting staff when issues do emerge. It’s not about becoming an expert in mental health – it’s about spotting the signs that something might be wrong. It will signpost the right support and resources and offer suggestions for putting strategies in place to support good mental health.

Mindful Employer

Provides businesses and organisations with easier access to information and support for staff who experience stress, anxiety, depression or other mental health conditions. Information about the law, good practice, managing mental health, training, and organisations who can help, together with publications for managers and staff.

Time to Change

Challenging the stigma associated with mental health • specific support for employers and managers of organisations • understanding the legal situation • practical tips to make the workplace healthy and reduce stress • supporting an employee through a period of mental ill-health.

The Workplace Wellbeing Charter

Sign up to the Workplace Wellbeing Charter • free, voluntary scheme run by Bristol City Council • national award which recognises the positive way in which organisations manage their business and support their workforce. The charter involves: • self-assessing against a set of nationally agreed standards • devising an action plan to drive future change • working with staff and other organisations to implement good practice.