Businesses offered free support pack for mental health awareness day

To mark this year’s World Mental Health Day in October, businesses are being offered a specially-prepared pack to help them recognise and deal with mental health issues in the workplace.

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Produced by the Royal College of Psychiatrists, the pack includes information on how to recognise possible mental health problems in employees, as well as details on where to go for help and advice on how to support workers with mental health issues.

Mental health conditions

The pack covers most mental health conditions, both common and rare, including anxiety, depression, post-natal depression, insomnia, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), self-harm, seasonal affective disorder (SAD), eating disorders including bulimia and anorexia, and more serious mental illnesses such as bipolar disorder, personality disorders and schizophrenia.

According to mental health charity Mind, around a quarter of people in the UK experience a mental health problem each year.

This means thousands of workers are suffering from mental health issues while trying to cope at work and home – something which employers are often unaware of. Those workers affected may well be taking days off sick, or their performance could be suffering, so it is important for business leaders and line managers to ensure they can recognise potential problems and act promptly and appropriately.

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Where to get the pack

The special awareness pack, produced to coincide with this year’s World Mental Health Day theme of mental health at work, is available to order from the Royal College of Psychiatrists’ website.

The experts believe that as well as helping employers help workers with mental health problems, it may also prove useful to professions which deal with vulnerable people on a daily basis, enabling their staff to better recognise and understand mental health issues.

These businesses, such as the care industry, need to ensure their frontline staff are fully trained in how to support clients with mental health issues. Such professions also require their staff to undergo official safeguarding checks, such as the CRB check available from, in order to ensure they are suitable to be employed.

Being able to spot potential mental health problems more easily, and then having the necessary help to hand, will ensure employers, staff and clients can act in the necessary manner or get the help they need at the right time.